Collective Nouns for Animals List

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What is a Collective Noun?

Let´s remember: Collective nouns are nouns which are used to refer to a group of animals, people, things, etc. You might probably know that the term herd is used to refer to a group of cows. Similarly, a swarm is a collective noun for a group of bees.

Comprehensive List of Collective Nouns for Animals

Collective nouns can also help us to visualize a scene better. When we hear the word swarm, we can imagine a group of bees buzzing around a hive. Similarly, when we hear the word pack, we can imagine a group of wolves hunting together.

Collective Nouns for Mammals

  • A herd of cows
  • A pack of wolves
  • A skulk of badgers
  • A pride of lions
  • A pod of dolphins
  • A troop of monkeys
  • A colony of bats
  • A mischief of mice
  • A pod of whales
  • A drove of pigs
  • A mob of kangaroos
  • A sounder of wild boars
  • A sleuth of bears
  • A pack of dogs
  • A trip of goats
  • A gam of whales
  • A tower of giraffes
  • A kindle of kittens
  • A clowder of cats
  • A muster of peafowl
  • A leap of leopards
  • A skulk of foxes
  • A crash of rhinoceroses

Collective Nouns for Insects

  • A swarm of bees
  • A colony of ants
  • An army of caterpillars
  • A cloud of grasshoppers
  • A horde of gnats
  • A rabble of butterflies
  • A scourge of mosquitoes
  • A plague of locusts

Collective Nouns for Birds

  • A flock of birds
  • A flight of birds
  • A gaggle of geese
  • A murder of crows
  • A parliament of owls
  • A gaggle of geese
  • A brood of hens
  • A tiding of magpies
  • A charm of finches
  • A company of parrots
  • A host of sparrows
  • A siege of herons
  • A scold of jays
  • A covey of turtledoves
  • A passel of woodpeckers

Collective Nouns for Fish

  • A school of fish
  • A shoal of fish
  • A run of salmon
  • A swarm of eels
  • A school of trout
  • A shoal of barracudas

Collective Nouns for Reptiles

  • A bask of crocodiles
  • An aggregation of snakes
  • A knot of snakes
  • A knot of toads
  • A gamble of alligators
  • A lounge of lizards
  • A bale of turtles
  • A pod of crocodiles

While most of us know that the collective noun for animals could be quite difficult.  The collective noun for  for ants is an “army,” and the collective noun for lions is a “pride,” finding the collective noun for a group of lesser-known animals is more challenging.

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