96% of People Don't Know All of These Animal Group Names! Do You?

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Herd, gaggle, or pack, do you think you can name these animal group names? Animal groups are characterized by dozens of names for thousands of animals. How many do you think you can name?

Litter is used to refer to some mammals when they babies. For example, kittens make up a litter, while adult cats make up a clutter.

Flock is a group name referring to birds, specifically ground birds. Sea birds and game birds have different group names.

The term 'herd' is used to describe a group of many different kinds of animals. Bison, buffalo, cattle, deer, caribou, horses, seals and many others, are referred to as herds.

Flange is used to describe a group of baboons. Baboons live in Asia and Africa and are known for destroying farmers' crops, since they like to eat fruit and roots.

Groups of geese are called gaggles, and some people raise gaggles for food (meat or eggs). Goose eggs are considerably larger than chicken eggs and have more yolk.

Hive is used to describe the place where honeybees live, and also to describe a group of bees. Where does the phrase 'busy as a bee' come from? Bees have to stop at approximately 100 flowers before they go back to their hive to deliver nectar. They are very busy!

A colony is used to describe a group of ants, badgers, bats, beavers and various other animals. Did you know that ants also form super-colonies that can have millions of members?

Groups of penguins, seals and albatrosses are known as rookeries. What do these animals have in common? They all live near the water. The albatross is a large seabird.

Flutter is not only used to describe the movement butterflies make with their wings, but also to describe a group of butterflies. Monarch butterflies flutter or flap their wings 5 to 12 times per second while flying fast!

A group of alligators is called a congregation. Although crocodiles and alligators are commonly thought of as similar, their group names are not. A group of crocodiles is called a bask.

Wild dogs, hound dogs, coyotes and other animals are known as packs while in groups. Coyotes live in packs, but hunt alone, while hound dogs are more likely to hunt in packs.

A group of camels is called a caravan, perhaps because of how they look when transporting human adventurers and their belongings. Contrary to old tales, camels store fat -- not water -- in their humps.

Kennel is also used for a group of dogs in general. More specific group names are a litter for puppies, a pack for wild dogs, and a cry or a mute for hound dogs.

Chickens, jellyfish and termites are all called broods when in groups. Unlike other animal group names, the same name is used for groups of both baby chickens (chicks) and adult chickens.

Droves are used to describe groups of cattle, donkeys, goats, sheep, oxen, and some other livestock. Many of these animals are also called herds when they are in groups.

Groups of ants, caterpillars, herring and frogs are called armies. This term may seem comical for ants, since the weigh a million times less than the average human. However, when they group together, ants can do much damage to a home or animal!

Bass, herring, minnows, sharks and fish, in general, are called shoals when in groups. Shoal is also used to refer to shallow water, and is very similar to the word 'school,' which is also used to describe groups of fish.

Bees are not the only ones referred to as 'swarms'; the term can also be used for flies and other pesky insects. Although eels don't quite fit in with this group, they are also called swarms.

It's no coincidence that crows and magpies are given the group name "murder." When these animals gather together, they can cause a lot of trouble to other animals and to humans.

When in groups, bats, flies, gnats and grasshoppers are all referred to as clouds. This could be because of the cloud-like appearance they have when traveling in large groups.

'Pod' is used for marine animals, such as dolphins, seals and whales. Whales are more solitary than seals and dolphins. Dolphins can have super pods with up to 1,000 members!

A group of barracudas is called a battery. Did you know that barracudas have sharp, jagged, uneven teeth which they use to prey upon other fish?

In general, a group of bears is called a sloth; sleuth is another term that is used. A group consisting of only bear cubs is called a litter.

Parrots, badgers, moles, and widgeons are all called companies when in groups. What is a widgeon? A widgeon is a duck that can be distinguished by its small bill and white forehead (males only).

Groups of otters and beavers are called families. Why are they called families? Beavers live in huge homes, called lodges. They are monogamous, and two parents will live in a lodge with their offspring and extended family.

A group of cod is called a lap. Cod live in saltwater in the cold parts of the Pacific and Atlantic oceans.

Groups of bullfinches are called bellowings. Male bullfinches are small, cute birds with a bright red underbody, and a grey and black upperbody and wings.

A group of buzzards is called a wake. A buzzard is a bird of prey that eats small animals such as pigeons, rabbits and crows.

Game birds, mallards and ducks are called braces when in groups. When ducks are in flight, however, they are called flocks, and in the water, they are known as rafts.

Deer, elk, turkeys, weasels, and buffalo are 'gangs' when in groups. However, deer and elk groups are more commonly called 'herds'; these are both social animals.

A mews is a group of capons, which are castrated roosters. Why castrate a rooster? To make the animal more calm, eliminating the potential for the rooster's aggressive tendencies. The meat of castrated roosters is supposedly better for eating.

A volary is a group of game birds. Some commonly hunted game birds are grouse, pheasants, quail and wild turkey. Brace and plump are also names for groups of game birds.

A group of bloodhounds is called a sute. Bloodhounds are popular pets for hunters, since they have an acute sense of smell and are bred to hunt deer and wild boar.

A group of seabirds is called a wreck. One way to remember this is to think of 'shipwreck', since this happens in the sea.

Many marine animals, such as clams, oysters, eels and scorpions are called beds when they are in groups. An oyster bed is also a type of serving ware used to serve and eat oysters.

Bask is not only a verb for what crocodiles do, but also a noun for their group name. Although these animals have 24 sharp teeth, they do not use them to chew their food, but rather to crush it, then swallow it whole.

Cheetahs are called a coalition when they are in a group. Although they do not usually form large coalitions, cheetahs will still live together when it is advantageous for hunting.

A group of spiders is called a clutter. Groups of cats also go by the same name. Is this because spiders and stray cats tend to live in basements full of our junk? It's possible!

Watch out if you see a quiver; it means a group of cobras! At 13 feet long, the cobra is the longest venomous snake in the world.

Ferrets, falcons, crabs and hawks are all called casts when in groups. What's the difference between a falcon and a hawk? Falcons are smaller and can fly faster than hawks. They also tend to use their beaks for catching prey, whereas hawks use their talons.

Coyotes and gorillas are known to travel and live in bands. Gorilla bands can have up to 50 members, while coyote bands vary, depending on how much food is available.

Multiple eagles living or traveling together are called aeries. Did you know that although bald eagles are alone during the winter and while migrating, the same pair mates during mating season year after year?

Fry is one word for a group of eels; other options are swarm and bed. The electric eel can reach up to 44 pounds in weight. Watch out for a fry of these!

Emus and kangaroos are called mobs, however, that's where their similarities end. Emus are known for being calm and gentle, while kangaroos can be more aggressive. Kangaroo pods can have up to 100 members, the large majority being males.

Roe deer are called bevies when in groups; this is an Eurasian species. Other deer have a different group name; herd, in general, and brace for male deer.

A group of giraffes really do look like a tower! They can stand up to 20 feet tall. Female giraffes are generally 15 feet tall, while males are 16-20 feet. Their necks alone are about 6 feet!

Young male horses as a group are called a rag or rake. 'Colt' is the term used for young, male horses; it is easily confused with 'foal' which can be a male or female horse that is less than one year old.

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