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Collective Nouns

One of the many oddities of the English language is the multitude of different names given to collections
or groups, be they beasts, birds, people or things. Many of these collective nouns are beautiful and
evocative, even poetic.
Birds ~ Mammals ~ Invertebrates ~ Insects & Arachnids ~ Molluscs ~ Fish
Amphibians & Reptiles ~ People ~ Miscellaneous ~ Some That Might Be


(alternatives in brackets)
A colony of auks (flock, raft)
A colony of avocets
A flock of birds (dissimulation, fleet, flight,
parcel, pod, volary, )
A sedge of bitterns (siege)
A chain of bobolinks
A bellowing of bullfinches
A flock of bustards
A wake of buzzards
A tok of capercaillies
A muse of capons
A brood of chickens (cletch, clutch, peep)
A chattering of choughs (clattering)
A covert of coots ( commotion, cover, fleet,
flock, pod, rasp, swarm)
A flight of cormorants (gulp)
A sedge of cranes (herd, sedge, siege)
A murder of crows ( hover, muster, parcel)
A head of curlews (herd)
A trip of dotterels
A dole of doves ( dule, flight, piteousness,
pitying, prettying)
A flush of ducks (badelynge, brace, bunch,
dopping, flock, paddling, plump, raft, safe,
skein, sord, string, team)
A flight of dunbirds (rush)
A fling of dunlins
A convocation of eagles (aerie)
A cast of falcons
A charm of finches (chirm, trembling, trimming)
A stand of flamingos
A gaggle of geese (flock, plump, skein, team,
A charm of goldfinches (chattering, drum,
A dopping of goosanders
A flight of goshawks
A covey of grouse (brace, brood, flight, pack)

A fleet of mudhens
A watch of nightingales (match, pray)
A pride of ostriches (flock)
A parliament of owls (stare)
A fling of oxbirds
A company of parrots (flock, pandemonium,
A covey of partridges (bevy, bew, clutch, warren)
A muster of peacocks (ostentation, pride)
A pod of pelicans (scoop)
A colony of penguins (parcel, rookery)
A cadge of peregrines
A nye of pheasants (bouquet, head, nide, warren, )
A flight of pigeons (flock, kit, passel, )
A knob of pintails [small number]
A congregation of plovers (band, flight, leash, stand,
A rush of pochards (flight, knob[small number])
A run of poultry
A covey of ptarmigans
A bevy of quails (covey, drift)
An unkindness of ravens (aerie, conspiracy)
A crowd of redwings
A parliament of rooks (building, clamour,
congregation, shoal, wing)
A hill of ruffs
A fling of sandpipers
A cloud of seafowls
A squabble of seagulls
A dopping of sheldrakes (doading)
A walk of snipes (wisp)
A host of sparrows (meinie, quarrel, tribe, ubiquity)
A murmuration of starlings (chattering, cloud,
congregation, clutter)
A mustering of storks (flight, phalanx)
A flight of swallows (gulp)
A herd of swans (bank, bevy, drift, eyrar, game,
herd, lamentation, sownder, squadron, team,

trip) A trip of wildfowls (bunch. flock. yoke) A pomp of pekingese A drove of pigs (drift. mew. sord. leash. dowt) A herd of cattle (drift. hedge. lute. siege) A charm of hummingbirds (chattering. herd. raft. sowse.A bazaar of guillemots A colony of gulls A mews of hawks (aerie. posse) A pitying of turtledoves A colony of vultures (committee. . coil. drum. moulting. drove. knob. train) A herd of caribous A clowder of cats (glaring. rookery. raft) A mutation of thrushes A flock of turkeys (dole. cast. meinie. tribe. gulp. span) A family of otters (bevy. drove. flight) A congregation of magpies (charm. rangale) A pack of dogs (kennel) A husk of jackrabbits A mob of kangaroos (troop) A kindle of kittens (litter) A fall of lambs A leap of leopards (lepe) A kindle of leverets A pride of lions (flock. troop) A herd of llamas A stud of mares A richness of martens (richesse) A mischief of mice (horde. wilderness) A herd of moose A barren of mules (pack. flight. kettle. knob. wake) A plump of waterfowls (bunch. sault. tiding. movement) A band of mongooses (pack) A troop of monkeys (cartload. parcel. lodge) A herd of bisons (gang) A sute of bloodhounds A herd of boars (singular) A sounder of (wild) boars [12+] A herd of bucks (leash) A gang of buffalos (herd. sute) A fall of woodcocks (covey. knob. nest. dule. plump) A descent of woodpeckers A herd of wrens (flock) Top Mammals (alternatives in brackets) A cluster of antelopes (herd. screw. romp) A team of oxen (drove. tribe. cluster. mob) A herd of chamois A coalition of cheetahs A colony of chinchillas A rake of colts (rack. bevy. rag) A bury of conies (game) A flink of cows [12+] A pack of coyotes (band. rafter. kindle. trip) A labour of moles (company. scold) A desert of lapwings (deceit) A parcel of linnets An exaltation of larks (ascension. sute) A plump of moorhens wedge. flock. raft. herd) A doylt of (tame) pigs A sounder of (wild) pigs A farrow of piglets (litter) An aurora of polar bears (pack) A chine of polecats A string of ponies (herd) A prickle of porcupines A school of porpoises (herd. whiteness. obstinacy) A drove of bullocks A flock of camels (caravan. troubling) A colony of ibises A band of jays (party. troop) A cete of badgers (colony) A cloud of bats (colony) A sloth of bears (sleuth) A colony of beavers (family. pod) A coterie of prairie dogs (town) A litter of pups A colony of rabbits (bury.scry. murder. whiting) A flock of swifts A spring of teals (bunch. raffle. flick. puddling. herd. flight. tribe) A shrewdness of apes (troop) A pace of asses (drove. span. clutter) A destruction of (wild) cats (dout. coffle. knob. rout) A litter of cubs A cowardice of curs A herd of deers (bunch. leash. coil. mob. sawt. stream) A brood of hens A sedge of herons (flight. rake. ) A sord of mallards (flush. herd) A flange of baboons (congress. mission. tittering. skein. plump. raft) A company of widgeons (bunch.

meinie. swarm) A flight of insects (horde. rout) A mob of wombats A herd of yaks A cohort of zebras (herd. warren. mute. hive. parcel. smack. pod. herd. troup) A destruction of wildcats (dout) A herd of wildebeests A pack of wolves (herd. leash. school. grist. herd. cluster. herd. stud. group. gam. swarm) A scourge of mosquitoes (swarm) A clutter of spiders (cluster) A colony of termites (swarm) . trip. shoal. zeal) Top Invertebrates (alternatives in brackets) A culture of bacteria A stuck of jellyfish (fluther. drove. parcel) A stable of horses (drove. thunder) A drift of hogs (drove. trace. rookery. pod. infestation) A plague of locusts (cloud. lead. swarm) An army of caterpillars An intrusion of cockroaches A swarm of flies (business. troop) A brace of geldings A horde of gerbils A journey of giraffes (corps. rabble. bike. kennel. plague. harras. drift. spring) A flock of sheep (down. pack) A grind of bottle-nosed whales A school of whales (float. meet. swarm) A flock of lice (colony. trip) A herd of harts A herd of hartebeests A array of hedgehogs (prickle) A parcel of hinds A bloat of hippopotami (crash. team) A herd of donkeys (drove) A herd of elands A herd of elephants (parade) A gang of elks (herd) A business of ferrets (cast. fold. swarm) A crash of rhinoceroses (herd. flick. mischief. game. leash. sute) A clan of hyenas A herd of ibexes A couple of impalas nest. trace. team) A pack of hounds (cry. husk. rabble. herd. stubbornness) A bevy of roe deers A colony of seals (harem. smuth) A clew of worms Top Insects and Arachnids (alternatives in brackets) A colony of ants (army.A pod of dolphins (flock. stable. leash. cloud. trip) A surfeit of skunks A dray of squirrels (colony) A pack of stoats (trip) A drove of swine (herd) A doylt of (tame) swine (drift. fesnying) A skulk of foxes (earth. school. hatch) A bike of hornets (nest. ugly) A mob of wallabyies A sneak of weasels (gang. mob. herd. drift. tower) A herd of gnus (implausibility) A trip of goats (flock. herd. trip) A sounder of (wild) swine [12+] An ambush of tigers (streak) A blessing of unicorns A colony of voles A huddle of walruses (herd. herd. mob. run. herd. swarm) A swarm of bees (bike. erst. tribe) A band of gorillas (whoop) A leash of greyhounds A group of guinea pigs A horde of hamsters A drove of hares (down. wrack) A field of racehorses (string) A nursery of raccoons (gaze) A colony of rats (horde. kindle. hunt. string. grist. stand) A bike of (wild) bees A flight of butterflies (kaleidoscope. remuda. pod. cast. rabble.

haul. run. knot) A mess of iguanas A A A A A rhumba of rattlesnakes den of snakes (bed. school. swarm) A colony of wasps (bike. stream. nest) Top Molluscs A bed of clams A bed of cockles A bed of mussels A bed of oysters (hive) An escargatoire of snails (rout. nest) bale of turtles (dule. swarm) A cloud of grasshoppers (cluster. pit. nest) A herd of dinosaurs (pack) A flight of dragons (weyr. walk) Top Fish (alternatives in brackets) A company of angel fish A company of archer fish A battery of barracudas A shoal of barbels A fleet of bass (shoal) A grind of blackfish A school of butterfly fish A school of cod A swarm of dragonet fish A troop of dogfish A swarm of eels A shoal of fish (catch. draught. fray. knot. leap. rabble. cry) An eloquence of lawyers A colony of lepers An audience of listeners . trogle) knot of toads (knob. turn) nest of vipers (generation) Top People (alternatives in brackets) A faculty of academics A troupe of acrobats A cast of actors/players (company. nest. run. swarm) A pack of perch A shoal of pilchards (school) A cluster of porcupine fish A party of rainbow fish A shoal of roach A bind of salmons(draught. wing) An army of frogs (colony. shoal) A troupe of shrimps A quantity of smelts A shoal of sticklebacks (spread) A flotilla of swordfish A hover of trouts (shoal) A float of tunas (troup) A pod of whitings Top Amphibians and Reptiles (alternatives in brackets) A quiver of cobras A bask of crocodiles (congregation. shoal) A family of sardines A herd of seahorses A shoal of shads A shiver of sharks (school. school) A glide of flying fish A glint of goldfish (troubling) A glean of herrings (army. float. shoal) A shoal of mackerels A shoal of minnows (steam.A cloud of gnats (horde. froggery.

misbelieving) A malapertness of pedlars A crowd of people (audience. brigade. mob) A troupe of performers (troup) A skirl of pipers (poverty) A posse of police A converting of preachers A pity of prisoners (gang) A band of robbers A crew of sailors A scolding of seamstresses A house of senators A subtlety of sergeants at law An obeisance of servants A posse of sheriffs A blackening of shoemakers A choir of singers A squad of soldiers (army. platoon. company. congregation. troop) A picket of strikers A class of students A simplicity of subalterns A disguising of tailors A glozing of taverners A den of thieves (gang) A board of trustees A flock of tourists An unction of undertakers A prudence of vicars An ambush of widows A coven of witches A gaggle of women A gang of workmen A congregation of worshippers A worship of writers A fellowship of yeomen Top Miscellaneous .A bench of aldermen A conflagration of arsonists A troupe of artistes A team of athletes A tabernacle of bakers A babble of barbers A promise of barmen A thought of barons A squad of beaters A bevy of beauties (galaxy) A bench of bishops (psalter) A blush of boys A troop of boy scouts A feast of brewers A pack of Brownies A shuffle of bureaucrats A goring of butchers A sneer of butlers A slate of candidates A chapter of canons (dignity) A company of capitalists (syndicate) A congregation of churchgoers A school of clerks A cutting of cobblers (drunkship) A hastiness of cooks A shrivel of critics A cowardice of curs A troupe of dancers A decanter of deans (decorum) A caravan of desert travelers A board of directors An obstruction of dons A staff of employees A panel of experts A stalk of foresters A talent of gamblers A company of girl guides A galaxy of governesses A conjunction of grammarians A herd of harlots A melody of harpists An observance of hermits A gang of hoodlums A cavalcade of horsemen A blast of hunters A bench of judges (sentence) A neverthriving of jugglers A banner of knights (rout) A gang of labourers A bevy of ladies An illusion of magicians A bench of magistrates A riches of matrons A morbidity of majors A band of men A faith of merchants A diligence of messengers A troupe of minstrels A side of morris dancers A cortege of mourners An orchestra of musicians A tribe of natives A superfluity of nuns A crowd of onlookers A curse of painters (illusion. muster. division.

patch) colony of fungi pantheon of gods bunch of grapes (cluster) battery of guns budget of inventions chain of islands (archipelago) cache of jewels ring of keys fleet of lorries (convoy) A rouleau of coins A collective of nouns A bank of monitors A range of mountains A troop of mushrooms A rope of onions A coterie of orchids A ream of paper A budget of papers A string of pearls (rope) A pod of peas A phantasmagoria of phantoms An anthology of poems A rosary of quotations (mellificium) A clump of reeds A rabble of remedies A nest of rumours A fleet of ships (armada. hand) network of computers dossier of documents clutch of eggs bundle of firewood bed of flowers (bouquet. forest. grove) Top Some That Might Be A balance of accountants A bevy of alcoholics A corps of anatomists A conflagration of arsonists An audit of bookkeepers A rascal of boys A clutch of breasts A clutch of car mechanics A load of cobblers An unease of compromises A galaxy of cosmologists An intrigue of council members A box of cricketers An incredulity of cuckolds A brace of dentists A bodge of DIYers A grid of electricians An exaggeration of fishermen A revelation of flashers A fraid of ghosts A giggle of girls A shower of meteorologists An expectation of midwives A horde of misers An annoyance of neighbours A row of oarsmen A body of pathologists A virtue of patients A ponder of philosophers A clique of photographers A nucleus of physicists A breakdown of plans A flush of plumbers A complex of psychologists A following of stalkers A portfolio of stockbrokers A fanfare of strumpets A pack of suitcases A flight of yesterdays A jam of tarts A hug of teddy bears A ring of telephones . bunch.(alternatives in brackets) A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A wing of aircraft (flight) host of angels (chorus) quiver of arrows bundle of asparagus belt of asteroids bunch of bananas (hand) grove of bayonets carillon of bells (change. flotilla) A pair of shoes A shrubbery of shrubs A flight of stairs A galaxy of stars (constellation) An anthology of stories An arcana of tarot cards An agenda of tasks A stand of trees (clump. peal) library of books batch of bread (caste) bavin of brushwood fleet of cars pack of cards (deck.

An expectation of heirs A vagary of impediments A diffidence of introverts A wealth of information A scoop of journalists A flush of lavatories A stack of librarians A babble of linguists A number of mathematicians A compromise of mediators An amalgamation of metallurgists A bunch of things A promise of tomorrows A twinkling of todays A cancellation of trains An anorak of trainspotters A linkage of webmasters A break of winds An impatience of wives A yearning of yesterdays An optimism of youths Top Home ~ The Stories ~ Diversions ~ Links ~ Contact .

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