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Animal Group Terminology

Source: U.S. Geological Survey Department of the Interior/USGS
ClassificationSpecies NameGroup Name
Mammalsapesshrewdness
 assespace
 badgerscete
 batscolony
 bearssleuth, sloth
 buffalogang, obstinancy, herd
 catsclowder, pounce
 cattledrove, herd
 deerherd, bevy
 dogspack, mute, kennel
 elephantsherd
 elkgang
 ferretsbusiness
 foxleash, skulk, earth
 giraffestower
 goatstribe, trip
 gorillasband
 hippopotamusesbloat
 horsesteam, harras, stud, rag, string
 hyenascackle
 kangaroostroop
 leopardsleap
 lionspride
 martensrichness
 moleslabor
 monkeystroop, barrel
 mulespack, span, barren
 ottersromp
 oxenteam, yoke
 pigsdrift, drove, team
 porcupinesprickle
 rabbitscolony, warren, nest
 rhinocerosescrash
 sealspod, herd
 sheepdrove, flock, herd
 squirrelsdray, scurry
 tigersstreak
 whalespod, gam, herd
 wolvespack, rout
Birdsbirds in generalflight, flock, volary, brace
 bitternssedge
 buzzardswake
 bobolinkschain
 chicks (of many species)brood, clutch
 cootscover
 cormorantsgulp
 cranessedge
 crowsmurder, horde
 dottereltrip
 dovesdule
 eaglesconvocation
 finchescharm
 flamingosstand
 geeseflock, gaggle, skein
 grousepack
 gullscolony
 hawkscast, kettle, boil
 heronssedge, siege
 jaysparty, scold
 lapwingsdeceit
 larksexaltation
 mallardssord, brace
 magpiestiding, gulp, murder, charm
 nightingaleswatch
 owlsparliament
 parrotscompany
 partridgecovey
 peacocksmuster, ostentation
 penguinscolony
 pheasantnest, nide, brood, nye, bouquet
 ploverscongregation, wing
 ptarmiganscovey
 rooksbuilding
 quailbevy, covey
 ravensunkindness
 snipewalk, wisp
 sparrowshost
 starlingsmurmuration
 storksmustering
 swallowsflight
 swansbevy, wedge
 tealspring
 turkeysrafter, gang
 widgeonscompany
 woodcocksfall
 woodpeckersdescent
Reptiles and Amphibianscrocodilesbask
 frogsarmy
 toadsknot
 turtlesbale, nest
 snakes, vipersnest
Fishfish in generaldraft, nest, school, shoal
 bassshoal
 herringarmy
 sharksshiver
 trouthover
Invertebratesantscolony
 beesgrist, hive, swarm
 caterpillarsarmy
 clamsbed
 cockroachesintrusion
 fliesbusiness
 gnatscloud, horde
 grasshopperscloud
 hornetsnest
 jellyfishsmack
 locustsplague
 oystersbed
 

 

 
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