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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Animals Babies & Infants called? Collective nouns for animals & info Male Female Group Animal Plurals
Antelope calf. A herd of antelope. buck doe Mammal. Antelope or antelopes.
Ape baby. A shrewdness of apes, a troop of apes. bull female Mammal. Apes.
Baboon infant. A troop of baboons. bull female Mammal. Baboons.
Badger 🦡 kit, cub. A company, colony or cete of badgers. boar sow Mammal. Badgers.
Bat 🦇 pup. A cloud of bats, a colony of bats. male female Mammal. Bats.
Bear 🐻 cub. A sleuth of bears, a sloth of bears. boar sow Mammal. Bears.
Beaver pup, kitten, kits. A family, lodge or colony of beavers. male female Mammal. Beavers.
Bird 🐦 fledgling, nestling, hatchling, chick. A flock of birds, a flight of birds (in the air), congregation or volery of birds. cock hen Bird Birds.
Boar 🐗 piglets, shoats, boarlets. A sounder or boars. A farrow of baby boars. Boars are wild pigs, see also pigs. boar sow Mammal. Boars, wild swine.
Buffalo 🐃 calf. A herd of buffalo. bull cow Mammal. Buffalo, buffalloes, buffaloes.
Cat 🐱🐈 kitten. A clutter of cats, a clowder of cats, a kindle or litter of kittens. tom, tomcat tabby, queen Mammal. Cats.
Camel 🐫🐪 calf, colt. A herd, flock, train or caravan of camels. bull cow Mammal. Camels.
Cattle calf. A herd or drove of cattle. bull cow Mammal. Cattle.
Chipmunk 🐿 kits, kittens or pups. A scurry of chipmunks. A group of Chipmunk kits or pups are called a litter. buck doe Mammal. Chipmunks.
Cow 🐮🐄 calf. A herd of cattle, a kine of cows (12 cows are a flink). bull cow Mammal. Cattle.
Coyote pup, whelp. A band of coyote, a pack of coyotes. dog bitch Mammal. Coyotes.
Deer 🦌 fawn, yearling. A herd, mob or leash of deer. buck stag Mammal. Deer or deers.
Dog 🐶🐕 puppy, pup. A pack of dogs. dog bitch Mammal. Dogs.
Donkey / Ass colt, foal. A herd or pace of asses. jack, jackass jenny, jennet Mammal.
Dolphin 🐬 pup, calf. A school of dolphins, a pod of dolphins. bull cow Mammal. Dolphins.
Electric eel lepto-cephalus (larva), elver (juvenile). A bed of eels, swarm of eels. cassi emily Fish Eels.
Elephant 🐘 calf. A herd of elephants. bull cow Mammal. Elephants.
Elk calf. A gang of elks. bull cow Mammal. Elks.
Ferret kit. A business or flensing of ferrets. hob jill Mammal. Ferrets.
Fish 🐟 fry (plural noun). A school of fish, shoal, run, haul, catch of fish. male female Fish. Fish, fishes.
Fox 🦊 cub, pup. A troop of foxes, an earth of foxes, a skulk or leash of foxes. dog, reynard vixen Mammal. Foxes.
Frog 🐸 tadpole (polliwog), froglet. An army of frogs. none none Amphibian. Frogs.
Gerbil pup. A horde of gerbils. buck doe Mammal. Gerbils.
Giraffe 🦒 calf. A tower of giraffes/giraffe. bull doe Mammal. Giraffes.
Goat 🐐 kid. A flock of goats, a herd of goats, tribe or trip of goats. billy (domestic), evec nanny Mammal. Goats.
Gorilla 🦍 baby. A band or troop of gorillas. none “Silverback” none Mammal. Gorillas.
Guinea pig / Cavy pup. A group of guinea pigs. boar sow Mammal. Guinea pigs.
Hamster 🐹 pup. A horde of hamsters. buck doe Mammal. Hamsters.
Hare leveret. A down or husk of hares. buck doe Mammal. Hares.
Hedgehog 🦔 piglet, pup. An array of hedgehogs. boar sow Mammal. Hedgehogs.
Hippo-potamus 🦛 calf. A bloat of hippopotamuses or hippopotami. bull cow Mammal. 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.
Hound pup. A pack, sute, mute or cry of hounds. dog bitch Mammal. Hounds.
Kangaroo / Wallaby joey. A mob of kangaroos, a troop of kangaroos. jack, buck, boomer jill, doe, flyer, roo Mammal. Kangaroos.
Koala 🐨 joey. Population, colony*. buck* doe* Mammal. Koalas.
Leopard 🐆 cub. A leap (leep) of leopards. leopard leopardess Mammal. Leopards.
Lion 🦁 cub. A pride of lions. lion lioness Mammal. Lions.
Llama 🦙 cria. A herd of llamas. Herd is one of the most common collective nouns for animals. male female Mammal. Llamas.
Manatee / Sea Cows
calf. A herd of manatees. bull cow Mammal. Manatee or manatees.
Mole pup. A labor/labour of moles, a company of moles. boar sow Mammal. Moles.
Monkey 🐵🐒 infant. A troop of monkeys, a tribe of monkeys, a barrel of monkeys, a cartload of monkeys, a wilderness of monkeys*. male female Mammal. Monkeys.
Mouse 🐭🐁 pup, pinkie, kitten. A mischief of mice. buck doe Mammal. Mice.
Mule foal. A barren, pack, rake or span of mules, team (when in harness). john molly Mammal. Mules.
Otter pup, whelp. A romp of otters. dog bitch Mammal. 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) cow Mammal. Oxen.
Panda 🐼 cub. A cupboard of pandas* or an embarrassment of pandas*. boar sow Mammal. Pandas.
Person / Humans 👫 baby, infant, child. A crowd of people. man woman Mammal. 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, stag sow, cow, gilt Mammal. Pigs or swine.
Porcupine porcupette. A prickle of porcupines. boar sow Mammal. Porcupines.
Porpoise calf. A pod, crowd, shoal, school or herd of porpoises. bull cow Mammal. Porpoises.
Rabbit 🐇 bunny, bunny rabbit, kittens A colony of rabbits, a nest of rabbits, a warren of rabbits (strictly, where they live). buck doe Mammal. Rabbits.
Rat 🐀 pup, pinkie, kitten. A pack or swarm of rats. buck doe Mammal. Rats.
Reindeer fawn. A herd of reindeer. buck doe Mammal. Reindeer or reindeers.
Rhinoceros 🦏 calf. A crash or herd of rhinos. bull cow Mammal. Rhinoceros or rhinoceroses.
Salamander salamander 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. none none Amphibian. Salamanders.
Seal / Sea Lion pup A pod of elephant seals, harem, trip or herd of seals. bull cow Mammal. Seals.
Sheep 🐑 lamb, lambkins, cosset. A drove or drift (when driven in group), a flock of sheep, meinie, mob, parcel, trip, herd, hurtle, down. ram ewe Mammal. Sheep.
Squirrel 🐿 pup, kit, kitten A dray or scurry of squirrels, a colony of squirrels. buck doe Mammal. Squirrels.
Swine / Hog / Pig / Boar shoat, 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. boar sow Mammal. Swine.
Tiger 🐯🐅 cub, whelp. A streak of tigers, a swift of tigers or an ambush of tigers*. tiger tigress Mammal. Tigers.
Toad
tadpole, toadlet. A knot of toads. none none Amphibian. Toads.
Walrus cub, pup. A pod of walruses, a herd of walruses. bull cow Mammal. Walruses.
Weasel kit. gang or pack of weasels. buck, hob, jack, dog doe, bitch, jill Mammal. Weasels.
Whale 🐋🐳 calf. A school of whales, a shoal of whales, gam of whales, a pod of whales (smaller groups). bull cow Mammal. Whales.
Wolf 🐺 pup, whelp. A pack of wolves, a herd of wolves, a rout/route of wolves (when moving). dog bitch Mammal. Wolves.
Zebra 🦓 colt, foal. A cohort of zebras, a herd of zebras, a dazzle or zeal of Zebras*. stallion mare Mammal. 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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5 responses to “Collective Nouns for Animals”

  1. 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.

  2. ahmad says:

    sheep is missing

  3. 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.

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