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 animals & infoMaleFemaleGroupAnimal Plurals
Antelopecalf.A herd of antelope.buckdoeMammal.Antelope or antelopes.
Apebaby.A shrewdness of apes, a troop of apes.bullfemaleMammal.Apes.
Babooninfant.A troop of baboons.bullfemaleMammal.Baboons.
Badger 🦡kit, cub.A company, colony or cete of badgers.boarsowMammal.Badgers.
Bat 🦇pup.A cloud of bats, a colony of bats.malefemaleMammal.Bats.
Bear 🐻cub.A sleuth of bears, a sloth of bears.boarsowMammal.Bears.
Beaverpup, kitten, kits.A family, lodge or colony of beavers.malefemaleMammal.Beavers.
Bird 🐦fledgling, nestling, hatchling, chick.A flock of birds, a flight of birds (in the air), congregation or volery of birds.cockhenBirdBirds.
Boar 🐗piglets, shoats, boarlets.A sounder or boars. A farrow of baby boars. Boars are wild pigs, see also pigs.boarsowMammal.Boars, wild swine.
Buffalo 🐃calf.A herd of buffalo.bullcowMammal.Buffalo, buffalloes, buffaloes.
Cat 🐱🐈kitten.A clutter of cats, a clowder of cats, a kindle or litter of kittens.tom, tomcattabby, queenMammal.Cats.
Camel 🐫🐪calf, colt.A herd, flock, train or caravan of camels.bullcowMammal.Camels.
Cattlecalf.A herd or drove of cattle.bullcowMammal.Cattle.
Chipmunk 🐿kits, kittens or pups.A scurry of chipmunks. A group of Chipmunk kits or pups are called a litter.buckdoeMammal.Chipmunks.
Cow 🐮🐄calf.A herd of cattle, a kine of cows (12 cows are a flink).bullcowMammal.Cattle.
Coyotepup, whelp.A band of coyote, a pack of coyotes.dogbitchMammal.Coyotes.
Deer 🦌fawn, yearling.A herd, mob or leash of deer.buckstagMammal.Deer or deers.
Dog 🐶🐕puppy, pup.A pack of dogs.dogbitchMammal.Dogs.
Donkey / Asscolt, foal.A herd or pace of asses.jack, jackassjenny, jennetMammal.
Dolphin 🐬pup, calf.A school of dolphins, a pod of dolphins.bullcowMammal.Dolphins.
Electric eellepto-cephalus (larva), elver (juvenile).A bed of eels, swarm of eels.cassiemilyFishEels.
Elephant 🐘calf.A herd of elephants.bullcowMammal.Elephants.
Elkcalf.A gang of elks.bullcowMammal.Elks.
Ferretkit.A business or flensing of ferrets.hobjillMammal.Ferrets.
Fish 🐟fry (plural noun).A school of fish, shoal, run, haul, catch of fish.malefemaleFish.Fish, fishes.
Fox 🦊cub, pup.A troop of foxes, an earth of foxes, a skulk or leash of, reynardvixenMammal.Foxes.
Frog 🐸tadpole (polliwog), froglet.An army of frogs.nonenoneAmphibian.Frogs.
Gerbilpup.A horde of gerbils.buckdoeMammal.Gerbils.
Giraffe 🦒calf.A tower of giraffes/giraffe.bulldoeMammal.Giraffes.
Goat 🐐kid.A flock of goats, a herd of goats, tribe or trip of goats.billy (domestic), evecnannyMammal.Goats.
Gorilla 🦍baby.A band or troop of gorillas.none “Silverback”noneMammal.Gorillas.
Guinea pig / Cavypup.A group of guinea pigs.boarsowMammal.Guinea pigs.
Hamster 🐹pup.A horde of hamsters.buckdoeMammal.Hamsters.
Hareleveret.A down or husk of hares.buckdoeMammal.Hares.
Hedgehog 🦔piglet, pup.An array of hedgehogs.boarsowMammal.Hedgehogs.
Hippo-potamus 🦛calf.A bloat of hippopotamuses or hippopotami.bullcowMammal.Hippopotamuses or hippopotami.
Horse 🐴🐎foal, 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. There are many collective terms of venery for horses.stallion, colt (young)mare, filly (young)Mammal.Horses.
Houndpup.A pack, sute, mute or cry of hounds.dogbitchMammal.Hounds.
Kangaroo / Wallabyjoey.A mob of kangaroos, a troop of kangaroos.jack, buck, boomerjill, doe, flyer, rooMammal.Kangaroos.
Koala 🐨joey.Population, colony*.buck*doe*Mammal.Koalas.
Leopard 🐆cub.A leap (leep) of leopards.leopardleopardessMammal.Leopards.
Lion 🦁cub.A pride of lions.lionlionessMammal.Lions.
Llama 🦙cria.A herd of llamas. Herd is one of the most common collective nouns for animals.malefemaleMammal.Llamas.
Manatee / Sea Cows
calf.A herd of manatees.bullcowMammal.Manatee or manatees.
Molepup.A labor/labour of moles, a company of moles.boarsowMammal.Moles.
Monkey 🐵🐒infant.A troop of monkeys, a tribe of monkeys, a barrel of monkeys, a cartload of monkeys, a wilderness of monkeys*.malefemaleMammal.Monkeys.
Mouse 🐭🐁pup, pinkie, kitten.A mischief of mice.buckdoeMammal.Mice.
Mulefoal.A barren, pack, rake or span of mules, team (when in harness).johnmollyMammal.Mules.
Otterpup, whelp.A romp of otters.dogbitchMammal.Otters.
Ox 🐂stot, calf.A 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)cowMammal.Oxen.
Panda 🐼cub.A cupboard of pandas* or an embarrassment of pandas*.boarsowMammal.Pandas.
Person / Humans 👫baby, infant, child.A crowd of people.manwomanMammal.People.
Pig 🐖🐽 piglet.A herd of pigs, a sounder of swine, a parcel of pigs, a drift of pigs, a drove of pigs, a sounder of wild pigs, a team of passel, a singular of boars. A group of baby piglets are called a litter, a passel of piglets, farrow of piglets. One of the most diverse collective nouns for animals.boar, barrow, stagsow, cow, giltMammal.Pigs or swine.
Porcupineporcupette.A prickle of porcupines.boarsowMammal.Porcupines.
Porpoisecalf.A pod, crowd, shoal, school or herd of porpoises.bullcowMammal.Porpoises.
Rabbit 🐇bunny, bunny rabbit, kittensA colony of rabbits, a nest of rabbits, a warren of rabbits (strictly, where they live).buckdoeMammal.Rabbits.
Rat 🐀pup, pinkie, kitten.A pack or swarm of rats.buckdoeMammal.Rats.
Reindeerfawn.A herd of reindeer.buckdoeMammal.Reindeer or reindeers.
Rhinoceros 🦏calf.A crash or herd of rhinos.bullcowMammal.Rhinoceros or rhinoceroses.
Salamandersalamander nymphs, called efts at larval stage.A herd or congress of salamanders. Newts are a sub-group of salamanders, i.e. not all salamanders are newts.nonenoneAmphibian.Salamanders.
Seal / Sea LionpupA pod of elephant seals, harem, trip or herd of seals.bullcowMammal.Seals.
Sheep 🐑lamb, lambkins, cosset.A drove or drift (when driven in group), a flock of sheep, meinie, mob, parcel, trip, herd, hurtle, down.rameweMammal.Sheep.
Squirrel 🐿pup, kit, kittenA dray or scurry of squirrels, a colony of squirrels.buckdoeMammal.Squirrels.
Swine / Hog / Pig / Boarshoat, trotter, farrow, pig, piglet.A 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.boarsowMammal.Swine.
Tiger 🐯🐅cub, whelp.A streak of tigers, a swift of tigers or an ambush of tigers*.tigertigressMammal.Tigers.
tadpole, toadlet.A knot of toads.nonenoneAmphibian.Toads.
Walruscub, pup.A pod of walruses, a herd of walruses.bullcowMammal.Walruses.
Weaselkit.gang or pack of weasels.buck, hob, jack, dogdoe, bitch, jillMammal.Weasels.
Whale 🐋🐳calf.A school of whales, a shoal of whales, gam of whales, a pod of whales (smaller groups).bullcowMammal.Whales.
Wolf 🐺pup, whelp.A pack of wolves, a herd of wolves, a rout/route of wolves (when moving).dogbitchMammal.Wolves.
Zebra 🦓colt, foal.A cohort of zebras, a herd of zebras, a dazzle or zeal of Zebras*.stallionmareMammal.Zebra 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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