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25 of the Strangest Names For Groups of Animals

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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:

  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 surefit
  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!


1 Roberta Carraway { 11.07.18 at 1:13 am }

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

2 Wendy Abbott { 11.06.18 at 5:50 am }

Jus Lookin Lol You are so right!!

3 Jus Lookin { 02.24.18 at 5:52 pm }

Congress is a group of BaFoons!

4 Barbara { 02.24.18 at 1:09 pm }

A group of Spoonbills is called a “bowl”

5 Kim y { 11.14.16 at 7:23 pm }

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.

6 Susan Higgins { 11.14.16 at 2:15 pm }

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.

7 Barco { 11.13.16 at 9:03 pm }

Nailed it

8 Ronald D Sande { 11.13.16 at 6:06 pm }

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

9 Gerry Burnie { 11.13.16 at 12:19 pm }

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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