Want to impress whilst on safari? Then here’s the perfect list to brush up your knowledge of collective nouns of animals and birds you might see on safari.
Whilst some collective nouns for animals and birds are general and can be used for any subject – swarm, herd, flock etc. – many other collective animal nouns are specific to a single animal, or even to an animal in a particular state – for example a “badling of ducks” when they are on the ground only. Names for collective groups of animals are thought to date from The Book of Saint Albans, published in 1486 by Dame Juliana Berners where many of the collective nouns for animals were been chosen simply for the humorous images they conjure up, or the alliteration.
Everyone knows that a group of lions is called a pride…but did you know the collective noun for a group of rhinos is a “crash” or a “stubbornness”? How about the collective noun for the rest of Africa’s big five animals? There are some more real gems of collective animal nouns below, so have a read and let us know what you think:
|Animal||Collective Noun/Group Name|
|Ants||Colony Army, Swarm, Nest|
|Asses||Pace, Herd, Drove|
|Buffalo||Herd, Troop, Gang, Obstinancy|
|Camels||Caravan, Train, Flock|
|Ducks in flight||Flock|
|Ducks on the ground||Badling|
|Ducks on water||Raft, Team, Paddling|
|Eels||Swarm, Bed, Fry|
|Fox||Leash, Skulk, Earth, Lead, Troop|
|Frogs||Army, Colony, Knot|
|Geese in flight||Skein|
|Geese on the ground||Gaggle, Herd, Corps|
|Gnats||Cloud, Horde, Swarm|
|Herons||Sedge, Siege, Hedge|
|Lions||Pride, Sault, Troop|
|Magpies||Tiding, Gulp, Murder, Charm|
|Monkeys||Troop, Barrel, Carload, Cartload, Tribe|
|Otters||Romp, Bevy, Family, Raft|
|Oxen||Team, Yoke, Drove|
|Peacocks||Muster, Ostentation, Pride|
|Penguins||Colony, Rookery, Huddle|
|Seals||Pod, Bob, Harem, Herd, Rookery|
|Sharks||Shiver, School, Shoal|
|Snakes||Den, Nest, Pit, Bed, Knot|
|Termites||Colony, Nest, Swarm, Brood|
|Toads||Knot, Knab, Nest|
|Turtles||Bale, Nest, Turn, Dole|
|Vultures whilst circling||Kettle|
|Whales||Pod, Gam, Herd, School, Mod|
|Wild Boars||Singular, Sounder|
|Zebras||Zeal, Crossing, Dazzle, Cohorts, Herd|
We’ve scoured the internet high and wide to bring you this collection of collective nouns of animals and birds. If you know of any other collective nouns – or indeed have a new idea for a collective noun – join in using the comments below.
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