collective nouns for animals

Collective Nouns for Animals

Collective Nouns for Animals, Mammals, Amphibians & Fishes

This list of collective nouns for animals (also called collective terms and terms of venery) can never be definitive but it is fun. A “collective noun” refers to “plural-only” words such as cattle for cows and people for person. Detailed grammar definitions are beyond the scope of this collective nouns for animals ADDucation list! There are currently around 5,400 mammal species worldwide including bats, whales, dolphins, and porpoises.

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AnimalsBabies & Infants called?Collective nouns for animalsMaleFemaleAnimal Plurals
AntelopecalfA herd of antelope.buckdoeAntelope or Antelopes.
ApebabyA shrewdness of apes, a troop of apes.bullfemaleApes.
BabooninfantA troop of baboons.bullfemaleBaboons.
Badgerkit, cubA company, colony or cete of badgers.boarsowBadgers.
BatpupA cloud of bats, a colony of bats.malefemaleBats.
BearcubA sleuth of bears, a sloth of bears.boarsowBears.
Beaverpup, kitten, kitsA family, lodge or colony of beavers.malefemaleBeavers.
Birdfledgling, nestling, hatchling, chickA flock of birds, a flight of birds (in the air), congregation or volery of birds.cockhenBirds.
BuffalocalfA herd of buffalo.bullcowBuffalo, buffalloes, buffaloes.
CatkittenA clutter of cats, a clowder of cats, a kindle or litter of kittens.tom, tomcattabby, queenCats.
Camelcalf, coltA herd, flock, train or caravan of camels.bullcowCamels.
CattlecalfA herd or drove of cattle.bullcowCattle.
CowcalfA herd of cattle, a kine of cows (12 cows are a flink).bullcowCattle.
Coyotepup, whelpA band of coyote, a pack of coyotes.dogbitchCoyotes.
Deerfawn, yearlingA herd, mob or leash of deer.buckstagDeer or Deers.
Dogpuppy, pupA pack of dogs.dogbitchDogs.
Donkey / Asscolt, foalA herd or pace of asses.jack, jackassjenny, jennet
Dolphin
pup, calfA school of dolphins, a pod of dolphins.bullcowDolphins.
Electric eellepto-cephalus (larva), elver (juvenile)A bed of eels, swarm of eels.cassiemilyEels.
ElephantcalfA herd of elephants.bullcowElephants.
ElkcalfA gang of elks.bullcowElks.
FerretkitA business or flensing of ferrets.hobjillFerrets.
Fishfry (plural noun)A school of fish, shoal, run, haul, catch of fish.malefemaleFish, fishes.
Foxcub, pupA troop of foxes, an earth of foxes, a skulk or leash of foxes.dog, reynardvixenFoxes.
Frog
tadpole (polliwog), frogletAn army of frogs.nonenoneFrogs.
GerbilpupA horde of gerbils.buckdoeGerbils.
GiraffecalfA tower of giraffes/giraffe.bulldoeGiraffes.
GoatkidA flock of goats, a herd of goats, tribe or trip of goats.billy (domestic), evecnannyGoats.
Guinea pig / CavypupA group of guinea pigs.boarsowGuinea pigs.
HamsterpupA horde of hamsters.buckdoeHamsters.
HareleveretA down or husk of hares.buckdoeHares.
Hedgehogpiglet, pupAn array of hedgehogs.boarsowHedgehogs.
Hippo-potamuscalfA bloat of hippopotamuses or hippopotami.bullcowHippopotamuses or Hippopotami.
Horsefoal, yearling, or colt (male), filly (female)A herd of horses, a team of horses (in harness), a string of horses (for racing), a rag of colts, pair or harass of horses, a stud of mares.stallion, colt (young)mare, filly (young)Horses.
HoundpupA pack, sute, mute or cry of hounds.dogbitchHounds.
Kangaroo / WallabyjoeyA mob of kangaroos, a troop of kangaroos.jack, buck, boomerjill, doe, flyer, rooKangaroos.
KoalajoeyPopulation, colony*.buck*doe*Koalas.
LeopardcubA leap (leep) of leopards.leopardleopardessLeopards.
LioncubA pride of lions.lionlionessLions.
LlamacriaA herd of llamas.malefemaleLlamas.
ManateecalfA herd of manatees.bullcowManatee or Manatees.
MolepupA labor/labour of moles, a company of moles.boarsowMoles.
MonkeyinfantA troop of monkeys, a tribe of monkeys, a barrel of monkeys, a cartload of monkeys, a wilderness of monkeys*.malefemaleMonkeys.
Mousepup, pinkie, kittenA mischief of mice.buckdoeMice.
MulefoalA barren, pack, rake or span of mules, team (when in harness).johnmollyMules.
Otterpup, whelpA romp of otters.dogbitchOtters.
Oxstot, calfA herd of oxen, a drove of oxen (when driven in a group), a team of oxen (in harness), a yoke of oxen.bull, steer (castrated)cowOxen.
PandacubA cupboard of pandas* or an embarrassment of pandas*.boarsowPandas.
Person / Humansbaby, infant, childA crowd of people.manwomanPeople.
PorcupineporcupetteA prickle of porcupines.boarsowPorcupines.
PorpoisecalfA pod, crowd, shoal, school or herd of porpoises.bullcowPorpoises.
Rabbitbunny, bunny rabbit, kittensA colony of rabbits, a nest of rabbits, a warren of rabbits (strictly, where they live).buckdoeRabbits.
Ratpup, pinkie, kittenA pack or swarm of rats.buckdoeRats.
ReindeerfawnA herd of reindeer.buckdoeReindeer or Reindeers.
RhinoceroscalfA crash or herd of rhinos.bullcowRhinoceros or Rhinoceroses.
Seal / Sea LionpupA pod of elephant seals, harem, trip or herd of seals.bullcowSeals.
Sheeplamb, lambkins, cossetA drove or drift (when driven in group), a flock of sheep, meinie, mob, parcel, trip, herd, hurtle, down.rameweSheep.
Squirrelpup, kit, kittenA dray or scurry of squirrels, a colony of squirrels.buckdoeSquirrels.
Swine / Hog / Pig / Boarshoat, trotter, farrow, pig, pigletA sounder or drift of swine, a trip of swine, a doylt of swine, a herd of pigs, a flock of pigs, a drift (when driven), or parcel of hogs, a sounder of boars.boarsowSwine.
Tigercub, whelpA streak of tigers, a swift of tigers or an ambush of tigers*.tigertigressTigers.
Toad
tadpole, toadletA knot of toads.nonenoneToads.
Walruscub, pupA pod of walruses, a herd of walruses.bullcowWalruses.
Weaselkitgang or pack of weasels.buck, hob, jack, dogdoe, bitch, jillWeasels.
WhalecalfA school of whales, a shoal of whales, gam of whales, a pod of whales (smaller groups).bullcowWhales.
Wolfpup, whelpA pack of wolves, a herd of wolves, a rout/route of wolves (when moving).dogbitchWolves.
Zebracolt, foalA cohort of zebras, a herd of zebras, a dazzle or zeal of Zebras*.stallionmareZebra or Zebras.
* Please note: There’s no official collective nouns committee, or authority, which approves new collective nouns so you can invent them yourself. Many collective nouns for animals only appear in lists of collective nouns – we only add new collective nouns if we can find references in published literature or other authority websites.

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6 responses to “Collective Nouns for Animals”

  1. Avatar JC says:

    Thanks Chuck!

  2. Avatar Chuck says:

    A pride of lions, a murder of crows, a crash of rhinos, and every other collective noun for animals . This is a listing of every animal congregation I could find after scouring the web.

  3. Avatar Maragaret Gwynes says:

    I would like to thank you for the efforts you’ve put in writing this site. I’m hoping the same high-grade site posts will continue.

  4. Avatar JC says:

    Thanks for your comment, now added.

  5. Avatar ahmad says:

    sheep is missing

  6. Avatar Kiranmayee says:

    It is very good and useful for children from 1st to 10th Class students. If you show the photos of the animals more advantage/ helpful for them.

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