Animal Group Names

Most official names for things are dull. But group names for animals are a hoot. Here are some of my favorites (Source: The Oxford Dictionary):

Appropriate  (What else could they be called?)

  • Cats – Pounce or Glaring (often both at the same time)
  • Cockroaches – Intrusion (so appropriate)
  • Flamingoes – Flamboyance (perfect–I mean, they’re really just storks in drag)
  • Giraffes – Tower (well, duh)
  • Gnats – Cloud (what else?)
  • Goldfish – Troubling (fortunately, guppies are excellent therapists)
  • lounge_lizards_tHippos – Bloat (“I’m lactose intolerant.”)
  • Jellyfish – Smack (well, yeah)
  • Lizards – Lounge (“Another fly martini, please.”)  ⇒
  • Owls – Parliament (love those little mouse-fur wigs)
  • Porcupines – Prickle (at the very least)
  • Rhinos – Crash (Humvees of the animal world)
  • Sharks – Shiver (“Dude, paddle for shore–now!”)
  • Storks – Muster (because they couldn’t muster up the costumes to be flamingoes?)
  • Tigers – Ambush (not quite as scary as a shiver of sharks. Still…)
  • Weasels – Sneak (frequently employed by tigers)

Awww, Just Awww!

  • adorable-ottersButterflies – Flutter
  • Chickens – Peep
  • Ducks – Paddling
  • Monkeys – Cartload (even more fun than a barrel)
  • Otters – Romp (this one’s for my wife)
  • Squirrels – Scurry
  • Unicorns – Blessing


  • Alligators – Congregation (“Good morning, please turn in your hymnals to #243, Shall We Gather at the River”)
  • Apes – Shrewdness (um, kind of…?)
  • Crows – Murder (the hitmen of the animal world)
  • Emus – Mob (“An angry mob of emus gathered outside the Australian Parliament yesterday, shouting, ‘Stop those murdering crows!’”)
  • Gnus – Implausibility (indeed)
  • Rattlesnakes – Rhumba (what we do when we see a group of rattlesnakes)
  • Ravens – Conspiracy (they’ll plot against you, then send a murder of crows to finish the job)
  • Seals – Harem (“Welcome to my tent, leetle one, take off your veil. Arf! Arf! Excuse me, I got a leetle beet excited.”)
  • Toads – Knot (ew, just ew)
  • Wombats – Wisdom (like apes, only more trustworthy)


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15 Responses to Animal Group Names

  1. radiostudy says:

    Cool! I’ve always loved this topic! Have you heard of an exaltation of larks? Mom & I were just talking about these measure words this morning. Apparently they’re part of her cranium cruncher weekly quiz! Blessings!

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  2. Thanks for the language lesson! All but about three of these were new to me.

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  3. Roos Ruse says:

    Ahhh… thanks Mitch. I needed that. 😄

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  4. Marc-André says:

    An interesting read. 🙂

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  5. smzang says:

    and I quote…

    “awww. just awww

    no other words for it!

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  6. I loved this! Thanks for sharing.

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  7. A rhumba of rattlesnakes? Most show up as solitary. This inspires me to share:

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  8. carhicks says:

    What a fun post, I love the graphics.

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  9. gpavants says:

    Fantastic. I coukd hear the seal in my head. Fun stuff!

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  10. cat9984 says:

    I definitely have to save this. A resource tool for Cheeseland. Thanks 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  11. mypetsweird411 says:

    this was a fun post. keep on bloggin

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