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African Animals – Group Names From A – Z
Most people usually know that a group of lions is called a PRIDE, that a family of elephants form a HERD, or that ants can be found in a COLONY.
However, do you know the name for a group of giraffe? Or even a group of hippos? How about a group of rhinos?
Not as easy, huh? 🙂
Learning these names will make you seem like an aficionado on safari. And there are some very humorous collective nouns in there. It’s a tower of giraffe, a bloat of hippos, and a crash of rhinos! I’m not kidding you.
Africa’s animals have the more interesting group names. There’s even a dazzle and a sounder to impress your friends with.
So shall we find out? 😉
What do you call a group of…
Group Names for Africa’s Mammals
A group of antelopes is called a herd (e.g. A herd of impalas).
A shrewdness of apes.
A troop of baboons.
A congress of baboons.
A flange of baboons.
A cete of badgers (e.g. Honey badgers).
A colony or cloud of bats.
A herd, troup, gang, or obstinacy of buffalo.
A coalition of cheetahs.
A school of dolphins.
A pod of dolphins.
A herd or parade of elephants.
A crash of elephants.
A skulk of foxes (e.g. A skulk of Bat-eared foxes).
A cloud, troop, or company of foxes.
A leash or earth of foxes.
A group of giraffes is called a “tower” of giraffes.
A corps, troop or herd of giraffes.
A kindergarten of giraffes.
A journey of giraffes.
A kaleidoscope of giraffes.
A group of gorillas is called a band or troop.
A whoop of gorillas.
A husk, down, mute or warren of hares.
A trace of hares.
An array of hedgehogs.
A bloat of hippos.
A raft of hippos.
A pool or herd of hippos.
A pack of hyenas.
A cackle of hyenas (e.g. Spotted hyenas).
A clan of hyenas.
A colony of hyraxes.
A pack of jackals (e.g. A pack of Black-backed jackals).
A troop of lemurs.
A leap or prowl of leopards.
Some people even say it should be a “spot of leopards”. 🙂
A pride, flock, souse or troop of lions.
A sault of lions.
A mob, gang, colony or clan of meerkats (also known as suricates).
A horde of mice.
A mischief of mice.
A harvest of mice.
A colony or a nest of mice.
A business of mongooses (e.g. Banded mongooses).
A troop, cartload or barrel of monkeys.
A prickle of porcupines.
A crash or herd of rhinos (crash of rhinos has to be my favorite of all African animals group names 🙂 )
A colony, herd, harem, trip or rookery of seals.
A pod of seals (small herd).
A dray, colony or scurry of squirrels (though squirrels are seldom seen in a group).
E.g. A dray of ground squirrels.
Warthogs live in groups called sounders.
A school, herd, grind or gam of whales.
A pod of whales (small school).
A pack of wild dogs.
A herd of wildebeest.
An implausibility of wildebeest (or gnus).
A pack, rout or route (when in movement) of wolves (e.g. Ethiopian wolves).
A dazzle, herd or zeal of zebras (e.g. Burchell’s zebras).
Zebra crossing, you say? Perhaps…but not quite a correct name to use when describing Africa’s animals.
African Animals – Group Names for Birds
Birds (in general)
A flock, flight, or parcel of birds.
A pod of birds (small flock).
A wake of buzzards.
A gulp or flight of cormorants.
A herd, seige or sedge of cranes.
A murder of crows.
A hover, muster, or parcel of crows.
A horde of crows.
A parliament of crows.
A flight, dule, dole, piteousness or plague of doves.
A pitying (of turtle doves).
A raft, paddling or bunch of ducks (on water).
A team, brace, bed, flight or flock of wild ducks (in flight).
A badling or flush of ducks.
An aerie of eagles.
A congregation of eagles.
A convocation of eagles.
A stand of flamingos.
A flamboyance of flamingos (another of my favorite African animal group names!)
A gaggle or flock of geese.
A plump of geese (on water).
A skein, team or wedge of geese (in the air).
A confusion of guinea fowl.
A rasp of guinea fowl.
A scattering, seige or sedge of herons.
A flock of ostriches.
A parliament of owls.
A stare or wisdom of owls.
A study of owls.
A pandemonium or company of parrots.
A squadron of pelicans.
A pod or scoop of pelicans.
A rookery or colony of penguins.
A flock or flight of pigeons.
A kit of pigeons (flying together).
A host of sparrows.
A murmuration of starlings.
A filth of starlings.
A chattering of starlings.
An affliction of starlings.
A mustering of storks.
A flight of swallows.
A bevy, game, herd, team, or wedge (flying in a “V” formation) of swans.
A committee or venue of vultures.
Africa’s Animals – Group Names for Reptiles and Amphibians
A quiver of cobras.
A congregation or nest of crocodiles.
A bask or float of crocodiles.
An army or colony of frogs.
A knot of frogs.
A den, bed, pit or slither of snakes.
A nest or knot of snakes.
A brood of snakes (family group).
A creep of tortoises.
A bale, dole or nest of turtles.
A turn of turtles.
A nest or brood of vipers.
African Animals – Don’t Forget the Fish
Fish (in general)
A shoal, draft, nest or school of fish.
A run of fish (in motion).
A shiver or school of sharks.
A colony of ants.
A grist, hive, swarm, drift or bike of bees.
A cluster, erst or nest of bees.
An army of caterpillars.
A cast of crabs.
A cloud, hatch, business or swarm of flies.
A cloud or swarm of grasshoppers.
Insects (in general)
A swarm of insects.
A cloud of mosquitoes.
A scourge of mosquitoes.
A cluster of spiders.
A brood, colony, nest or swarm of termites.
What Is Your Favorite Animal Group Name?
A scourge of mosquitoes, a parliament of owls, and an implausibility of wildebeest – they are just some of my other favorites. Go on safari and when you spot any of the animals you can correctly shout out their collective name!