The 50 strangest names for groups of animals

The 50 strangest names for groups of animals

The 50 strangest names for groups of animals


frogsAmarasiri Peasena Wigemanna / 500px via Getty Images

You probably know that a group of wolves is called a pack or a group of pups is called a litter, but there are many collective names for animals that are much less well known and frankly very strange.

Find the strangest of these collective nouns on the following slides:

A Cunning of Apes

Chimpanzees in Kibale National Park in Uganda.

Chimpanzees in Kibale National Park in Uganda.Yannick Tylle via Getty Images

A congregation of alligators

A turtle lies on top of an alligator at the Summit Zoo in Panama City on August 10, 2012.

REUTERS/Carlos Jasso

a bunch of badgers


REUTERS/Russell Cheyne

A cauldron of bats

Fern Cave Bats, Texas

Flickr / US Fish and Wildlife Service Headquarters

A sloth or a bear hound

Bears in Grand Teton National Park.

Bears in Grand Teton National Park.Johnny Johnson via Getty Images

A gang or buffalo stubbornness

water buffalo iraq

Two buffaloes gather by the waters of the Chebayesh swamp in Nassiriya, southeast of Baghdad, on February 11, 2015. Picture taken on February 11, 2015. REUTERS/Alaa Al Marjani

A clowder, ruckus, jump, dout, annoyance, glory or a cats look.

AOSHIMA Japan cats

Cats crowd around village nurse and Ozu city official Atsuko Ogata as she carries a bag of cat food to the designated feeding spot on Aoshima island in southern Ehime prefecture. of Japan, on February 25, 2015.REUTERS/Tomas Pedro

an army of caterpillars

Caterpillars walking on the leaf

Caterpillars walking on leaves.Oleksandr Chornyi via Getty Images

A camel caravan


camelsJohn M Lund Photography Inc via Getty Images

A coalition of cheetahs


cheetahsPradeep Ravi / 500px via Getty Images

A murder of crows


crowsDavid Akers / 500px via Getty Images

A cowardice of dogs.


DogsAlexandra Robins via Getty Images

a pod of dolphins

Tokyo, Japan: Japan reopens an aquarium with trained dolphins and whales, despite drawing international criticism for its whaling practices.

Dolphins and whales leap out of the water at a media preview of the reopening of the Epson Aqua Park Shinagawa aquarium in Tokyo on July 6, 2015.REUTERS/Toru Hanai

at the pace of donkeys


Matt Cardy/Stringer/Getty Images

A summons of eagles

Bald eagle

REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

a parade of elephants

circus elephant Mario Tama Getty ending

Mario Tama/Getty

a gang of moose

herd of elk

A herd of elk in Colorado.David Zalubowski/AP

a ferret business


FerretTina Riches/EyeEm via Getty Images

A flamingo extravaganza


Snow falls on a flock of flamingos standing in a snow-covered field at a wildlife zoo in Hefei, Anhui province, on January 29, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer

A leash, a stalk or a foxland

red foxes

Bob Hilscher/fake images

an army of frogs


frogsAmarasiri Peasena Wigemanna / 500px via Getty Images

a tower of giraffes


giraffesJames Warwick via Getty Images


Shutterstock/Gorb Andrii


A gorilla sits in its enclosure at London Zoo on February 16, 2008.kevin coombs

A swelling, or a thunder of hippos


hipposImage source via Getty Images

A hyena cackle


Frank Bienewald/LightRocket via Getty Images

a shadow of jaguars


JaguarDeAgostini/Getty Images

a jellyfish strike


jellyfishPhotograph by Zack Podratz via Getty Images

A troop or crowd of kangaroos

group of kangaroos

REUTERS/Stefan Postles

A conspiracy of lemurs


lemurs© Justin Lo via Getty Images

a leap of leopards


Christophe Lehenaff/Getty Images

A troop or barrel of monkeys


monkeysJulian Gunther via Getty Images

A romp, a family or a raft of otters


ottersArthur Morris via Getty Images

A pandemonium or company of parrots



A colony, gathering, plot or colony of penguins

Near the northern tip of the Antarctic Peninsula, a group of Adélie penguins plunge from an iceberg into the frigid ocean waters.

Near the northern tip of the Antarctic Peninsula, a group of Adélie penguins plunge from an iceberg into the frigid ocean waters.Jay Dickman/fake images

A drift, herd, probe, team or pass of pigs



A prick of porcupines


porcupinesMartin Harvey via Getty Images

A cruelty of crows


RavenUgo Bukudjian/EyeEm via Getty Images

A colony or rabbit hole.


rabbitsPhotograph by Fiona McAllister via Getty Images

A clash of rhinos

This baby rhino is helping save his species.

Courtesy of the San Diego Zoo

a tower building


Arterra/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

A maelstrom of salamanders

A leaf-spotted salamander is seen on a rock in the Semdinli district of Hakkari, Turkey, on May 28, 2020.

Sirac Karadeniz/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

A wagon or squirrel race


squirrelsVicki Jauron, Babylon and Beyond Photography via Getty Images

A group, a game or a wedge of swans



An ambush or streak of tigers


tigersMark Newman via Getty Images

A rafter, gang or gang of turkeys


turkeysNick David via Getty Images

a place of vultures

Vultures feast on a road kill as travelers pass through Great Falls, Virginia, in this February 20, 2008 file photo. REUTERS/Hyungwon Kang/Files

File photo of vultures feasting on a roadkill in Great Falls, VirginiaThomson Reuters

A gam, pod, or pod of whales

sperm whales

A pod of sperm whales swimming underwater.fake images

A wisdom of wombats


woombatAndrew Aylett via Getty Images

A zeal of zebras


zebrasJames Warwick via Getty Images

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