Animal Groups Names You Didn’t Know (Part 2)

The list continues showing you the oddest and most interesting animal groups names out there, a fascinating concept in itself. It’s a beautiful way of expression and display of their traits and, on some occasions, of what they represent. At the very least, our human interpretations of different animal behavior and human-like qualities. We can’t actually check if lions have pride since it’s more likely an instinct of self-preservation. But we won’t ruin it for you.

And this is not even the beginning of it.

A Team of Cattle

A strong representation of hard work, cattle band together, graze together, live together, and are often put simultaneously at work. It stands to reason that they would be called a team when they’re all in one place.

A Coalition of Cheetahs

An alliance of the fierce and fast animals that roam around savannas. They are considered to be the fastest cats on earth, so it’s probably their only option to forge a partnership with others who can keep up. Especially if they’re cheating…

A Chattering of Chicks

Feel free to read anything into it. Even though the fairer sex is commonly associated with endless chatter in the media, this is much more likely addressing the incessant chirping of little chicks. It’s like an unending choir that does not stop until they grow.

A Bed of Clams

Some of them might be edible while they’re still fresh, and viciously dangerous if they’re not. It would be odd to say you’ve eaten a bed of clams or order it, but it’s good to know most of us have been saying it all wrong.

A Quiver of Cobras

One of the delightfully appropriate and beautiful animal groupings name there is. Whether it’s referring to the threatening light quivering of the snakes or the common reaction to them, it’s certainly fitting.

An Intrusion of Cockroaches

It cannot get more appropriate than this. They are the enemies of our kitchens and unwelcomed guests in any house. Certainly, they fit as the intruders that everyone tries to exterminate.

A Raft of Coots

These water birds swim together in a tight formation, especially as little hatchlings. They float slowly but steadily, giving off the impression of a raft calmly going through the motions of the water.

A Gulp of Cormorants

Another species of birds that dwell in the waters. Cormorants have a quick and easy way to swallow their food, all done in one swoop gulp. In fact, they’re such efficient hunters that Chinese fishermen traditionally use them to catch fish. However, their throats are tied up, so they can't gulp down their catch.

A Kine of Cows

It’s not a herd nor a pack, it’s a kine. For such a common and well-known animal, it may be surprising that we haven’t referred to them right.

A Band of Coyotes

They might not be rock stars, but coyotes certainly like singing together and causing shivers to run down the spines of listeners. It’s a fascinating habit of the canines, and exceptional to hear… as long as you’re not too close.

A Cast of Crabs

These tiny little critters move like a cast of ballerinas sideways, so the name is beyond fitting.

A Float of Crocodiles

They might be heavy, dangerous, and one of the most ancient ancestor of the extinct dinosaurs. Crocodiles swim in the deep end of the water to control their body temperature, but they also float together on the surface. Nothing but their eyes and the tip of their snout edges out.

A Murder of Crows

Possibly one of the most well-known collective noun due to literature, music, and movies. However, they’re also called a parcel or a storytelling of crows.

A Gang of Deer

Roaming the forests mostly together, the more commonly used word is “herd”. It’s not incorrect, but it’s certainly not the most interesting. They are also called a “leash of deer”.

A Clash of Bucks

An easy one to interpret, if only for their famous clashes and fights that make these otherwise innocent-looking animals terrifying. One push of their horns will send you homeward.

A Cry of Hounds

Dogs, in general, are referred to as the well-known “kennel of dogs”. However, hounds have a few collective nouns from themselves, including cry and mute.

A Pitying of Turtle Doves

Or a “pitenousness” of turtle doves. This is in spite of the fact that normal doves can be called a dule, a dole, a cote, or a paddling.

A Badling of Ducks

Available only for the ground birds. It’s safer just to call them a flock, though.

A Convocation of Eagles

Recognized as one of the noblest and proudest animals, eagles do not gain the name of flock or herd. Oh no, leave that to the “petty ducks”.

A Fry of Eels

Is it because they can actually fry things with their electricity? Possibly.

A Memory of Elephants

Hinged on one of the most well-known facts about the massive animals. Elephants are famous for having an exceptional memory, one that is believed can surpass a human's given their lifespan.

A Business of Ferrets

They’re not exactly the most formally “dressed” animals, such as penguins and their little tuxedos. However, they do poke their noses into other people’s business, so perhaps that’s the true explanation behind their name.

A Charm of Finches

These tiny little beautiful birds have trademark brightly colored cheeks. It makes them look as if they’re always blushing.

A Flamboyance of Flamingos

With long legs and pink feathers, there’s no doubt that these birds are so flamboyant in their appearance that they’re only missing some tulle. They’re easy to spot and popular around the world for their colors. And they sure flaunt it.

A Knot of Frogs

If you’ve ever seen frogs banding together, you will definitely understand why. In fact, you should go ahead and search it right now if you haven’t. It’s clearly a tight knot between friends.

A Troop of Foxes

It’s also called a “leash”, a “skulk”, or an “earth” of foxes, given the cunning manner of these adorable-looking animals. They have been shown to be smart and resourceful, and actually caring for their cubs.

Not enough? Move on to part three of this series.

Animal Groups Names You Didn’t Know (Part 1)

Most of us have heard of animal groups such as “a parliament of owls”, “a murder of crows”, or “an army of ants”. These are classics that we meet in day-to-day life, or perhaps even some choice poetry. They’re beautiful expressions that vary from group to group, depicting their relationships or perhaps their most prized trait.

These have become a symbol for lyrical works of art, such as songs, poetry, and several others. The parliament describes the wisdom of the owls, the murder denotes the possible meaning of death precursors in the form of crows and many others. However, these are just some of the classics. There are many, many more animal groups that you likely did not know, and here are some of them from A to Z.

A Congregation of Alligators

The symbolism behind this choice of words is all in togetherness. Alligators naturally emit low vibrations through the water when trying to find the right mate. Such as them, this name talks about using everything we have for the purpose of gathering all the right people around us.

A Shrewdness of Apes

A symbol of the animal’s ingenuity, they band together to find the best way to survive, whether that means brute force or gentle strength.

A Pace of Asses

A slow, methodical, and enduring animal, who may not be the fastest, but it’s certainly one of the most reliable.

A Troop of Baboons

A herd animal who lives, hunts, and attacks together with his pack.

A Cete of Badgers

Possibly a Latin derivation from the word “coetus” or “coire”, which means to come together.

A Battery of Barracudas

A commonly used collective noun that quite possibly started with the dangerous predators of the waters.

A Cloud of Bats

Quite an easy interpretation would speak about this animals group habits of flying together, banding across the skies like a dark cloud looming over.

A Sloth of Bears

This may sound like a group of bears would be notoriously slow and lazy, but that’s probably only a reference to their hibernation habits. They do sleep for quite a while, but they’re certainly not slow.

A Family of Beavers

A very friendly way to address a group of these log-eater who have shown exceptional teamwork and have become a symbol of the prime construction crew.

A Brood of Chicks

There are numerous names for birds, and they do seem to vary, depending on their age and environment. A brood of chicks are the clear symbol of the tight group they walk in while following their mother closely.

A Flight of Birds

Available for avian birds who grace the skies.

A Volery of Birds

It’s the collective nouns for game birds, though it’s highly unknown and rarely used. Most would certainly opt for the simple “flock”. That would be wrong though.

A Flock of Birds

And there we have it. The right collective known for birds who dwell on the ground, sometimes also known as a “dissimulation of birds”. According to the rules, you’ve likely been using the word “flock of birds” wrong for years.

A Wreck of Birds

There’s one more, this in particular for a group of seabirds that dwell around the waters. They often appear around wreckage and seeing diving into the water, bolding finding prey around the surface.

A Sute of Bloodhounds

It’s not a pack of hunting dogs that you see hunters take with them. It’s a sute.

A Gang of Buffalos

Or otherwise called an obstinacy of buffalos, a symbol of their stubbornness and violent clashes.

A Flutter of Butterflies

That’s right, it’s not just a simple group, but these beautiful insects do have their more artistic name.

A Caravan of Camels

Likely an easy guess, a representation of the animals main usage, helping people crossing the arid deserts and moving their caravans due to their exceptional water supply.

A Pounce of Cats

There are several collective nouns that would work for the internet’s favorite animals. It would also be accurate to say a dout of cats, a nuisance of cats, a glorying, a glare, or, the more common one, a clowder.

An Intrigue of Kittens

The tiny little baby cats have their own category. Apparently, they have not become a “nuisance of cats” yet.

A Destruction of Wildcats

Perhaps an expected name, considering the true potential hiding behind those claws and undomesticated behavior.

There are many, many more interesting collective nouns out there, all with hidden meanings, clear purposes, or downright confusing connotations. However, it’s interesting to see how many of us have been wrong for a long time.

Part two of the list is available if you want to check it out!