12 little-known collective nouns for animals

If you don't know which creatures gather in parliaments, charms and businesses, there are some bizarre and strange collective nouns for animals you need to find out about.

Not all of these nouns are commonly used, even by scientists, but all of them were invented and recognized at some point of time. These words do not only reflect unique traits of animals – they show how powerful human creativity is.

If you enjoyed this list of unusual animal group names, you can find more hilarious examples in this fun trivia quiz.

Did you know any of these names for groups of animals before? Do you know any other strange collective nouns for animals?

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What are your thoughts on this subject?
carole winslow
Being a long-time volunteer at my local zoo, most of these were familiar but some were new to me. My favorite term for a group of animals: a flamboyance of flamingos! The mental image this prompts is glorious.
Oct 18, 2021 5:38PM
David Roy
A murmuration of starlings.
Jun 27, 2021 5:29PM
Really enjoyed this information. I knew some of these but now learned something new!!
May 27, 2021 8:39PM
Krishna Chandra Singh Sanger
A BUSINESS of flies, but a BUSYNESS of Ferrets.
Apr 22, 2021 8:07AM
Francis Freiwald
Wonderful. We learn something new every day!
Apr 17, 2021 5:40PM
Lynne Cage
Thnx for sharing 😁
Mar 18, 2021 5:13AM
That was interesting and fun. Learned something new. Thank you
Oct 21, 2020 10:44AM
Lea Rowe
My favorite has always been a murder of crows...
Aug 25, 2020 4:51PM
patricia crosland
Walter Schlichtig, Somebody who had too much time on their hands!
Jul 6, 2020 6:10PM
Allison Aspden
Interesting words goof groups of animals.
May 25, 2020 6:54AM
Peter Robertson
A group of men(add any nationality) standing in a field? A thicket!
May 10, 2020 7:17PM
Peter Robertson
Walter Schlichtig, Just rubbish really! I think they were invented to make up quizz questions!
May 10, 2020 7:15PM
Penelope Woodward
My favourite is an" exaltation" of larks!
May 10, 2020 9:00AM
Walter Schlichtig
Who came up with these group names ?
Apr 17, 2020 5:04PM
A group of crows is called a murder.
Apr 12, 2020 9:37PM

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