Names for Groups of Animals

Did you know that the collective name for a group of foxes is known as a charm?

    So the other day I found out what the name for a collective group of owls is (it’s a parliament, by the way), and that set me to thinking: what other strange and cool names are there for groups of animals?

    So I had a look and it turns out there’s quite a few!

    So I compiled an A-Z list of the collective names for groups of animals! The name for moneys is my favorite, what’s yours?

    A for Apes

    The collective name for a group of apes is called a shrewdness.

    B for Butterflies

    A group of butterflies is called a kaleidoscope (and when you imagine a massive group of them all taking wing it’s easy to see why!)

    C for Cobras

    A group of cobras is called a quiver.

    D for Donkeys

    A group of donkeys is called a drove.

    E for Eagles

    A group of eagles is called a convocation.

    F for Foxes

    Fox In Tall Grass

    A group of foxes is called a charm. How charming!

    G for Giraffes

    A group of giraffes is called a tower.

    H for Hedgehogs

    A group of hedgehogs is called a prickle. It makes sense when you think about it!

    I for Iguanas

    A group of iguanas is called a slaughter.

    J for Jellyfish

    A group of jellyfish is called a smack.

    K for Kangaroos


    A group of kangaroos is called a mob.

    L for Larks

    A group of larks is called an exaltation.

    M for Monkeys

    A group of monkeys is called a troop.

    N for Nightingales

    A group of nightingales is called a watch.

    O for Otters

    A group of otters has various names including: a bevy, family, lodge or a romp. When they’re in the water, a group of otters is known as a raft.

    P for Peacocks


    A group of peacocks is called an ostentation. You can read more facts about peacocks right here!

    Q for Quails

    A group of quail is called a covey.

    R for Ravens

    A group of ravens is called an unkindness.

    S for Sharks

    The collective name for a group of sharks is called a shiver.

    T for Tortoises

    A group of tortoises is called a creep. Not to be confused with turtles, as a group of them are known as a bale, turn, dole, or nest.

    U for Unicorns

    We know they’re a mythical creature, but still! Did you know that a group of unicorns is called a blessing?

    V for Vultures

    A group of vultures is called a wake.

    W for Woodpeckers

    Woodpeckers pecking a tree

    The collective name for a group of woodpeckers is called a descent.

    X for X-Ray Fish

    A group of x-ray fish are called a school.

    Y for Yuma Myotis

    For what?! Yuma Myotis is a species of bat! And the name for a group of yuma myotis is called a cloud.

    Z for Zebra

    A group of zebras is called a zeal.


    Wow, who would have thought there were so many different names for a group of animals?

    Our favorite has got to be “shiver” for a group of sharks!

    I mean, who wouldn’t shiver if they spotted a group of sharks while in the water?

    Let us know your favorite in the comments below.

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Jack De Graaf
Jack De Graaf

Jack De Graaf is a BA English Studies graduate and a part-time writer. In his spare time he likes to read and do circus skills. He enjoys writing about video games, television and general knowledge.

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