Hilariously apt animal group names

Sep 12, 2016 | Language

We all know that a group of people is called a crowd. Or, that a group of buffaloes is called a herd.

But the coiners of animal group names were also innovative when it came to animals such as crows, cockroaches and zebras. Here we present some of the interesting (and funny) collective nouns for our fellow members from the animal kingdom.

Animal group names: Group of zebras is called a zeal

A Zeal of Zebras

If the movie ‘Madagascar’ is anything to go by, zebras do seem to be pretty full of enthusiasm! A group of Zebras is also called a herd or dazzle.

Group of apes is called a Shrewdness

A Shrewdness of Apes

They are strong and intimidating, but possibly surviving in the forests also requires one to be shrewd. Or at least somebody thought so! Group of apes is also called a troop.

Collective noun for Flamingos

A Flamboyance of flamingos

They do look colorful and exuberant. Looking at a group of them, flamboyance does seem an apt name to describe them! Group of flamingos is also called a stand.

What is a group of owls called

A Parliament of Owls

These nocturnal creatures have been associated with wisdom and scholarliness since time immemorial. No surprise then that when a group of them sits together, they give the impression of a parliament in session. Group of owls is also sometimes called a stare.

Animal group name for cockroaches

An Intrusion of Cockroaches

These annoying pests do intrude into our homes and almost everywhere we go!

Group of crows is called a Murder

A Murder of Crows

This rather poetic description could possibly have something to do with the fact that these scavengers are often seen around dead bodies!

Collective noun for Tigers

An Ambush of Tigers

Tigers are known to be stealthy and when a group of them decide to hunt down a prey, the prey is pretty much ambushed. Group of tigers is also called a streak.

What is a group of foxes called

An Earth of Foxes

Group of foxes is also called a skulk or leash.

Animal Group Names: A group of flies is called a business, A business of flies

A Business of Flies

Wonder what their business is, but maybe a better term could have been “buzz”iness of flies! Group of flies is also sometimes called a swarm or cloud.

Animal group names: A group of eagles is called a convocation

A Convocation of Eagles

These sharp birds do look like they just attended their graduation convocation wearing their robes!