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Subject Collective noun Notes Sources

A
antelopes herd [1]
army [2]
colony [2][3]
ants
nest [2]
swarm [2]
shrewdness [1][4][5]
apes
troop [2]
herd [2]
asses drove driven in a group [2]
pace or passe [2][3]
B
baboons troop [2][5]
badgers cete [2][3][5][6]
bats colony [3]
bears sleuth or sloth [2][3][5]
colony [2]
beavers
family [2]
swarm [5]
drift [5]
bees
erst [5]
grist [3]
flock [5]
birds flight [5]
pod [5]
bitterns sedge or sege [3][4][7][8]
boars (wild boars) sounder 12 or more [6]
buffalo herd [3][5]
bullfinches bellowing [5]
bullocks drove driven in a group [5]
swarm [9]
butterflies flutter [10]
kaleidoscope [11]
C
capercaillie tok [12]
capons mews [13]
caribou herd [13]
clowder [2][3]
cats
pounce [3]
wild cats (feral destruction [5][14]

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Subject Collective noun Notes Sources
cats)
cattle mob driven in a group [15]
chickens clutch [5]
chattering or [4][5][6][16]
choughs
clattering [17]
rag [3][5][6]
colts
rake [5]
cormorants gulp [3]
coots covert [4][5][8]
coyotes pack
herd [4][5][8]
cranes
sedge or sege [3][7]
crocodiles bask [3]
crows murder or horde [3][5][6]
curlews herd [4][5][6][8]
D
herd [18]
deer
parcel [19]
dogs pack [18]
dolphins pod [20][21]
dotterel trip [3][5][18][22]
dole or dule fanciful [3][4][5][18]
doves
flight [8]
badling or
[3][8]
badelynge
ducks paddling on water [3][5][18]
plump [23][24]
raft on water [3][5][18]
dunlins fling [5]
E
eagles convocation [3]
eels bed [2]
elephants herd [3]
gang [5][6]
elk
herd [5]
F
falcons cast [25]
ferrets business corruption over time of 'busyness' [3][6]
busyness [4]
besyness ghost words arising from successive [26]
fesynes misspellings of "busyness"

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Subject Collective noun Notes Sources
fesnyng
feamyng
finches charm or chirm [3][5]
school [3]
fish
shoal [3]
stand [3]
flamingoes
flamboyance [27]
flies business [3]
leash [3]
foxes
skulk [3]
frogs army [3]
G
flock on land [3][28]
geese gaggle on land [3][8][28]
skein in flight [3][28]
giraffes herd [28]
cloud [3][5][28]
gnats
horde [3][28]
goats flock [28]
goldfinches charm [8][28]
goosanders dopping [28]
gorillas band [3][28]
goshawks flight [4][28]
grasshoppers cloud [3][28]
grouse covey [5][28]
guineafowl rasp [29]
H
down [30]
drove [30]
hares
flick [30]
husk [30]
harts herd [30]
boil two or more spiralling in flight [3]
cast [3][4][5]
hawks
kettle flying in large numbers [3]
lease [4]
hedgehogs array [30]
hens brood [8]
[3][4][6][7][8]
sedge or sege
herons [30]
siege [3][5][30]

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Subject Collective noun Notes Sources
hippopotamuses bloat [3][30]
hogs parcel See also boars, pigs, swine [31][32]
bike [30]
hornets nest [3]
swarm [30]
team in harness [3][30]
haras or harrase [3][30]
herd [30]
horses
stable [30]
string [3][30]
stud [3][30]
pack [30]
cry [30]
hunt [30]
hounds
meet [30]
mute [30]
stable [30]
hyenas cackle [3]
I
ibex herd [33]
ibises colony [33]
iguanas mess [33]
flight [33]
horde [33]
insects plague [33]
rabble [33]
swarm [33]
J
clattering [34]
jackdaws
train [34][35]
party [3]
jays
scold [3]
fluther [5]
jellyfish
smack [3][5]
K
mob [2]
kangaroos
troop [2][3]
kindle [5]
kittens
litter
L
lapwings deceit or desert [3][4][5][6]

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Subject Collective noun Notes Sources
[36]
bevy [5]
larks
exaltation [4][5][6][8]
leopards leap or lepe [2][3][5]
pride [2][3][5]
lions
sawt [5]
locusts plague [3]
M
mackerel shoal [37]
charm [3]
congregation [37]
gulp [3]
magpies
murder [3]
tiding [3][4][5][37]
tittering [37]
flush [37]
puddling [37]
mallards
sord [3][5][8][37]
suit or sute [5][8][37]
mares stud [5][6][37]
martens richesse or richness [3][5][37]
nest [2][37]
mice
trip [37]
minnows shoal [37]
company [37]
moles
labor or labour [2][3][5][37]
barrel [2][3]
cartload [37]
monkeys tribe [37]
troop [3][5][37]
wilderness [38]
moorhens plump [37]
moose herd [2][37]
mosquitoes scourge [37]
mudhens fleet [37]
[2][3][5][6]
barren
[37]
mules pack [3][37]
rake [37]
span [2][3][37]
N

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Subject Collective noun Notes Sources
nightingales watch [4][5][8]
O
owls parliament [2][3][6]
drove [2]
oxen team [2][3]
yoke [2][3]
oysters bed [2][3]
P
company [2][3]
parrots
pandemonium [2]
partridges covey [3][5][8]
muster [3][5][6][8]
peacocks ostentation [2][3]
pride [2]
pelicans pod [2]
colony [2][3]
penguins
convent [2]
bouquet [2][3]
head [5]
pheasants nest [3]
nide [3]
nye [2][3][5][6][8]
drift See also boars, hogs, swine [2][3]
pigs
drove [2][3]
pigeons kit flying together [5]
congregation [4][5][8]
plovers stand [5]
wing [5]
Q
bevy [2][3][4][5][8]
quail covey [2][3]
drift [5]
R
colony [3]
nest [3]
rabbits
herd domestic only [3]
litter young rabbits only [3]
raccoons gaze [2]
ravens unkindness [4][5]
rhinoceroses crash [2][3][5]
rooks building [4][5][8]

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Subject Collective noun Notes Sources
parliament [5][6]
S
bind [39]
salmon draught [39]
run [39]
sandpipers fling [39]
herd [39]
seals pod [39]
rookery [39]
sea urchins herd [40][41]
flock [2][3][39]
down [39]
drift when driven in a group [39]
drove when driven in a group [3][39]
herd [3][39]
sheep hurtle [2][39]
meinie [39]
mob [39]
pack [2]
parcel [39]
trip [39]
sheldrake dopping [8][39][42]
escargatoire [39]
snails rout [39]
walk [39]
bed [2]
den [2]
snakes knot [2]
nest [3]
pit [2]
walk [5][6][8][39]
snipes
whisp or wisp [5][39]
[2][3][4][5][8]
host
[39]
sparrows
meinie [39]
tribe [39]
spiders cluster or clutter [2][39]
colony [39]
squirrels dray [2][3]
scurry [2][3]
starlings chattering [2][16][39]

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Subject Collective noun Notes Sources
clattering [39]
cloud [39]
congregation [39]
[2][4][5][6][8]
murmuration
[39]
pack [39]
stoats
trip [39]
flight [39]
storks mustering [2][3][39]
phalanx when migrating [39]
flight [2][3][8][39]
swallows
gulp [39]
bank on the ground [2][39]
bevy [2][3][39]
drift [39]
eyrar [39]
flight [2]
game [5][39]
swans
herd [2][8][39]
lamentation fanciful [39]
sownder [39]
team [39]
wedge in flight [2][3][5][39]
whiting [39]
flock [39]
swifts
scream [43]
doylt See also boars, hogs, pigs [39]
swine drift [6][39]
trip [39]
T
teal spring [3][4][5][8]
ambush [2]
tigers
streak [2][3]
knot [2][3]
toads
nest [2]
trout hover [2][3]
gang [3]
turkeys
rafter [2][3]
bale [2][3]
turtles dole or dule [2][8]
nest [3]

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Subject Collective noun Notes Sources
dole or dule [4]
turtle doves
pitying [3]
U
V
9vipers nest [3]
vultures wake
W
herd [3]
walruses
pod [3]
bunch [5]
waterfowl knob fewer than 30 (fanciful) [44]
raft [5]
colony [2]
weasels
pack [2]
gam [2][3]
whales herd [3]
mob [2]
pod [2][3]
company [3][5]
wigeons
trip [5]
bunch [5]
wildfowl knob fewer than 30 (fanciful) [44]
plump [5]
trip [5]
wolves pack [2][3]
rout or route when in movement [2][3]
wombats wisdom [45]
woodcocks fall [3][4][5][8]
woodpeckers descent [2][3][5]
wrens herd [4][5]
X
Y
Z
herd [2][46]
cohort [46]
zebras
dazzle [47]
zeal