The last and final part of the list, showing you some interesting and perhaps fascinating animal groups names that you didn’t know. Like most of us, you probably used it wrong the entire time, though it’s not like many people would know them. So, you’re in luck. We searched through it and found the most amusing names we could find that are collective nouns.
It should be mentioned that these are certainly not all of them. You could always move back to part two, or travel further back to part one where it all started. So here we go, presenting you part three of animal groups names you didn’t know.
A Tower of Giraffes
We’ll kick this one off with a well-fitting noun that has a very clear intention behind it. Giraffes are tall. Towers are all. Yes, we can follow that logic. We’re with you.
An Implausibility of Gnus
If you don’t know what a gnu is, they are those horde animals that make the long migration across the African savannas in search for places with more food and water. In their travels, they become prey themselves, to cheetahs, lions, crocodiles, and basically turn into a running buffet for carnivores. So, it’s probably implausible that the whole group will survive.
A Tribe of Goats
It’s more commonly referred to as a “flock” or a “herd”, so you wouldn’t be wrong if you don’t opt for the lesser-known “tribe”.
A Glint of Goldfishes
The beautifully colored little fishes with infamous short memories are shimmering tiny lights when hit with the sun’s rays. At least, that’s why we think they gained their animal groups name.
A Bazaar of Guillemots
If you’ve ever seen how these birds band together, you would agree that their collective noun would be “bazaar.” It’s crowded, loud, and everyone is looking for the same kind of food.
A Screech of Gulls
The noises that are more commonly attributed to the sea is the screech of gulls. You know you’re close to the water when you hear their memorable sound. It’s only fitting that it would become part of their collective noun.
A Siege of Herons
The birds strike forward and attack their prey, pushing their long beaks into the water with a quick snatch. It’s fast, and it’s powerful. You can imagine how a group of them doing it would be like.
A Bloat of Hippopotamuses
Not a very flattering one, but pretty obvious considering the aspect of this surprisingly dangerous animal. Besides, “bloat” is better than “fat”.
A Bike of Hornets
It’s not just a “nest”, although that would be accurate as well. The collective noun for hornets is “bike”, as that could refer to loud sounds they collectively make. Only it’s more threatening.
A Stud of Horses
It’s not just a singular expression that is often attributed to manly, resourceful men, or let’s say, successful on an intimate level, but “stud” also refers to a group of horses. That is as long as they’re owned by the same person. If not, it’s “team”, “troop”, or “herd”.
A Cackle of Hyenas
Since hyenas are mostly represented as the thieving animals who steal prey and basically do an evil laugh while doing it, the term “cackle” shouldn’t be surprising. It’s amusingly fitting, though.
A Plague of Insects
Perhaps it sounds unfair to attribute such a negative noun to all insects, considering some of them actually do a lot of good for the world. Although perhaps when there are more of them they can become a nuisance.
A Smack of Jellyfish
If they do smack you, it will be painful, so it’s probably fitting that their animal group name will warn you of their abilities. If you’ve ever been stung by one, you’ve known true pain from such a small sting.
A Leap of Leopards
Another beautiful large feline who has gotten a collective noun that is well fitting with their incredible skills. Don’t be fooled by the pictures of leopards lounging on trees because they have definitely worked on those leg muscles.
A Lounge of Lizards
Some of them are lazy and are known to lounge around, doing basically nothing. There are some though that are pretty fast once you get them pumped up enough, though.
A Richness of Martens
What do you get when you mix an otter with a fox? Probably a marten, a cute animal with rich fur which can definitely be vicious when provoked.
A Mischief of Mice
They certainly are mischievous enough to gain that name for their collective noun. They sneak around, steal, and frighten most people. Besides, they have superpowers. All they have to do is show up to close down a restaurant.
A Scourge of Mosquitoes
Just after hearing the name we can fully understand why. They’re irritating and can wreak havoc if let inside the house, and are quite the carriers of a few dangerous diseases.
A Watch of Nightingales
“We are the Watchers on the Wall”. It may be a wrong reference, but Game of Thrones’ Night Watch with “a watch of nightingales”? Maybe? There’s no connection since the name was coined a while ago, but it’s certainly more easy to think of today.
A Romp of Otters
Or a “raft” depending on which one sounds better to you. On one hand, they can be vicious and well, a little too active, but they’re also known to float together, holding hands. Which is otterly adorable! You’ve probably heard that one before, but it’s hard to abstain.
A Stare of Owls
Otherwise called a “parliament” of owls, though their stares are probably more iconic, unblinking and twisting their head as if utterly confused by your words.
A Pandemonium of Parrots
It’s not only a beautiful alliteration, but it’s also fitting. With their tremendous amounts of hues, a group of parrots can certainly be a pandemonium of colors.
An Ostentation of Peacocks
They’re fabulous, and they flaunt it. And let’s face it, the way they stand out is not subtle at all, although it’s remarkably beautiful.
A Prickle of Porcupines
Perhaps an “ouch of porcupines” did not sound too good.
A Rhumba of Rattlesnakes
Given that they have all the instruments they need directly into their tail, shaking and dancing, rattlesnakes do certainly sound like a rhumba. A deadly one. If you hear that music, it’s time to back off.
An Unkindness of Ravens
A beautifully poetic collective noun, and an excellent symbol of the animal who has been used over and over again in literature or even movies.
A Stubbornness of Rhinos
Or a “crash of rhinos”, if you would prefer. However, if they’re stubborn, it’s advised that you just let them be. You’re not going to win that clash of heads.
A Congress of Salamanders
If this is a jab at politics because they’re slippery and disappear when you need them, or not, we don’t know. Possibly. Very likely.
A Shiver of Sharks
Certainly one of the many reactions they inspire, even though there is little to fear. Media and movies, such as “Jaws” have portrayed the wrong image of this majestic animal. They are not the bloodthirsty creature they are made out to be. However, they are animals, and they have their instincts, so don’t go poking at them like a little aquarium fish.
An Escargatoire of Snails
It’s perhaps not something that would easily come to your mind, though saying “group” wouldn’t actually be correct. The other options are “rout” or “walk” for these, sometimes edible, creatures.
A Streak of Tigers
Or an “ambush” of tigers, depending on which one would come more easily to you. However, given that they’re solitary creatures and you’ll rarely see them in groups, don’t worry about it.
A Generation of Vipers
Snakes do seem to have a share amount of special collective nouns for them. There must be something symbolic behind that, though keep in mind that they’re not creatures commonly attributed to good things. Except the rhumba of rattlesnakes. That sounds good and funky!
A Wisdom of Wombats
We’re starting to think that alliteration is a major player in picking this animal groups names for them. Although, perhaps wombats are wise.
A Descent of Woodpeckers
They are well known for their habits of pecking on trees with a loud and trademark sound. Commonly, they start at the top and go progressively lower on the trunk until they find food.
A Dazzle of Zebras
The last on this list are the mesmerizing, black and white zebras who dazzle and boggle the mind at the same time. We cannot count the number of puzzles that have been using their beautifully complex patterns over and over again. Also, another fact worth mentioning, their stripes are unique. Each zebra has its own pattern, like a fingerprint.
And with that, we conclude this series. Are there more interesting names we have missed?