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 antelopebuckdoeAntelope or Antelopes
Apebabya shrewdness of apes, a troop of apesbullfemaleApes
Babooninfanta troop of baboonsbullfemaleBaboons
Badgerkit, cuba company, colony or cete of badgersboarsowBadgers
Batpupa cloud of bats, a colony of batsmalefemaleBats
Bearcuba sleuth of bears, a sloth of bearsboarsowBears
Beaverpup, kitten, kitsa family, lodge or colony of beaversmalefemaleBeavers
Birdfledgling, nestling, hatchling, chicka flock of birds, a flight of birds (in the air), congregation or volery of birdscockhenBirds
Buffalocalfa herd of buffalobullcowBuffalo, buffalloes, buffaloes
Catkittena clutter of cats, a clowder of cats, a kindle or litter of kittenstom, tomcattabby, queenCats
Camelcalf, colta herd, flock, train or caravan of camelsbullcowCamels
Cattlecalfa herd or drove of cattlebullcowCattle
Cowcalfa herd of cattle, a kine of cows (12 cows are a flink)bullcowCattle
Coyotepup, whelpa band of coyote, a pack of coyotesdogbitchCoyotes
Deerfawn, yearlinga herd, mob or leash of deerbuckstagDeer or Deers
Dogpuppy, pupa pack of dogsdogbitchDogs
Donkey / Asscolt, foala herd or pace of assesjack, jackassjenny, jennet
pup, calfa school of dolphins, a pod of dolphinsbullcowDolphins
Electric eellepto-cephalus (larva), elver (juvenile)bed of eels, swarm of eelscassiemilyEels
Elephantcalfa herd of elephantsbullcowElephants
Elkcalfa gang of elksbullcowElks
Ferretkita business or flensing of ferretshobjillFerrets
Fishfry (plural noun)a school of fish, shoal, run, haul, catch of fishmalefemaleFish, fishes
Foxcub, pupa troop of foxes, an earth of foxes, a skulk or leash of foxesdog, reynardvixenFoxes
tadpole (polliwog), frogletan army of frogsnonenoneFrogs
Gerbilpupa horde of gerbilsbuckdoeGerbils
Giraffecalfa tower of giraffes/giraffebulldoeGiraffes
Goatkida flock of goats, a herd of goats, tribe or trip of goatsbilly (domestic), evecnannyGoats
Guinea pig / Cavypupa group of guinea pigsboarsowGuinea pigs
Hamsterpupa horde of hamstersbuckdoeHamsters
Harelevereta down or husk of haresbuckdoeHares
Hedgehogpiglet, pupan array of hedgehogsboarsowHedgehogs
Hippo-potamuscalfa bloat of hippopotamuses/ hippopotamibullcowHippopotamuses 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 maresstallion, colt (young)mare, filly (young)Horses
Houndpupa pack, sute, mute or cry of houndsdogbitchHounds
Kangaroo / Wallabyjoeya mob of kangaroos, a troop of kangaroosjack, buck, boomerjill, doe, flyer, rooKangaroos
Koalajoeypopulation, colony*buck*doe*Koalas
Leopardcuba leap (leep) of leopardsleopardleopardessLeopards
Lioncuba pride of lionslionlionessLions
Llamacriaa herd of llamasmalefemaleLlamas
Manateecalfa herd of manateesbullcowManatee or Manatees
Molepupa labor/labour of moles, a company of molesboarsowMoles
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 micebuckdoeMice
Mulefoala barren, pack, rake or span of mules, team (when in harness)johnmollyMules
Otterpup, whelpa romp of ottersdogbitchOtters
Oxstot, calfa herd of oxen, a drove of oxen (when driven in a group), a team of oxen (in harness), a yoke of oxenbull, steer (castrated)cowOxen
Pandacuba cupboard of pandas* or an embarrassment of pandas*boarsowPandas
Person / Humansbaby, infant, childa crowd of peoplemanwomanPeople
Porcupineporcupettea prickle of porcupinesboarsowPorcupines
Porpoisecalfa pod, crowd, shoal, school or herd of porpoisesbullcowPorpoises
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 ratsbuckdoeRats
Reindeerfawna herd of reindeerbuckdoeReindeer or Reindeers
Rhinoceroscalfa crash or herd of rhinosbullcowRhinoceros or Rhinoceroses
Seal / Sea Lionpupa pod of elephant seals, harem, trip or herd of sealsbullcowSeals
Sheeplamb, lambkins, cosseta drove or drift (when driven in group), a flock of sheep, meinie, mob, parcel, trip, herd, hurtle, downrameweSheep
Squirrelpup, kit, kittena dray or scurry of squirrels, a colony of squirrelsbuckdoeSquirrels
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 boarsboarsowSwine
Tigercub, whelpa streak of tigers, a swift of tigers or an ambush of tigers*tigertigressTigers
tadpole, toadleta knot of toadsnonenoneToads
Walruscub, pupa pod of walruses, a herd of walrusesbullcowWalruses
Weaselkitgang or pack of weaselsbuck, 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, (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. JC says:

    Thanks Chuck!

  2. 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. 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. JC says:

    Thanks for your comment, now added.

  5. ahmad says:

    sheep is missing

  6. 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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