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25 of the Strangest Names For Groups of Animals

25 of the Strangest Names For Groups of Animals

When animals get together, 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 names 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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  • June Otto says:

    A group of zebras is a dazzle

  • R tobias elrod says:

    The list is incomplete without a pandemonium of parrots

  • Joan B. says:

    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 says:

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

  • Wendy Abbott says:

    Jus Lookin Lol You are so right!!

  • Jus Lookin says:

    Congress is a group of BaFoons!

  • Barbara says:

    A group of Spoonbills is called a “bowl”

  • Kim y says:

    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 says:

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

  • Gerry Burnie says:

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

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