25 of the Strangest Names For Groups of Animalsimage preview

25 of the Strangest Names For Groups of Animals

When animals congregate, interesting things happen. Even more interesting is that these groups have special and unusual names—some are real head-scratchers; some seem to make perfect sense. Take a look at these collective nouns for groups of common birds, mammals, and reptiles:

25 of the Strangest Names For Groups of Animals

  1. Alligators – a congregation
  2. Apes – a shrewdness
  3. Bats – a colony or cauldron
  4. Bears – a sleuth
  5. Cats – a clowder
  6. Crows – a murder
  7. Donkeys – a pace
  8. Ferrets – a business
  9. Fox – a skulk or leash
  10. Gerbils – a horde
  11. Giraffes – a tower
  12. Hippopotamuses – a bloat
  13. Hyenas – a cackle
  14. Leopards – a leap
  15. Martens – a richness
  16. Owls – a parliament
  17. Porcupines – a prickle
  18. Raccoons – a nursery or gaze
  19. Rats – a mischief
  20. Rhinos – a crash
  21. Skunks – a surfeit
  22. Squirrels – a dray
  23. Toads – a knot
  24. Turtles – a bale
  25. Whales – a pod

One more: Don’t believe what you read on the internet—a group of baboons is not a “congress” as has been circulating widely. The correct term is a “troop” of baboons. Now you know!

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gael
gael
3 months ago

a pandemonium of parrots
a loveliness of ladybirds
a flamboyance of flamingoes

Janice Welsh
Janice Welsh
4 months ago

Mynah birds? A rage of mynahs (suggestion)

Lu
Lu
4 months ago

A Flamboyance of Flamingos!

Andy
Andy
4 months ago

Politicians???
A box of chocolates for the best answer!

June Otto
June Otto
10 months ago

A group of zebras is a dazzle

R tobias elrod
R tobias elrod
1 year ago

The list is incomplete without a pandemonium of parrots

Joan B.
Joan B.
1 year ago

My guess is someone just referred to a particular session of Congress as “A Congress of baboons” (or buffoons, as Jus Lookn suggests, above) and it caught on and/or was misunderstood and misapplied to the poor baboons.

Roberta Carraway
Roberta Carraway
2 years ago

I believe a group of wild turkeys is called a rafter.

Wendy Abbott
Wendy Abbott
2 years ago

Jus Lookin Lol You are so right!!

Jus Lookin
Jus Lookin
2 years ago

Congress is a group of BaFoons!

Barbara
Barbara
2 years ago

A group of Spoonbills is called a “bowl”

Kim y
Kim y
4 years ago

A murder of crows got its name from its lookout. One crow is the lookout and if he fails at his job, the other crows will murder him.

Ronald D Sande
Ronald D Sande
4 years ago

Baboons—-A congress. How fitting is that name?

Barco
Barco
4 years ago
Reply to  Ronald D Sande

Nailed it

Susan Higgins
4 years ago
Reply to  Ronald D Sande

Ronald D. Sande, A group of baboons is called a “troop.” We think the name of “congress” started circulating on the internet incorrectly some time ago.

Gerry Burnie
Gerry Burnie
4 years ago

It would be interesting to know the origin of some of them. I can figure out some, but the rest defy logic.