Collective Terms for Animals

This section is a pretty comprehensive list of Collective Terms for Animals. Many will be familiar but others will be unheard of, deriving from 15th century witticisms or literary imagination, and some are simply archaic or erroneous. There are also some terms for pairs of animals and groups of three animals.

The list has been arranged alphabetically.

Here is the list of Terms for Animals beginning with

animal group or collective term notes
deer bunch  
herd standard
dogs kennel the place where they live, and hence the inhabitants
pack standard
dogfish troop  
dolphins flock possibly invented
school standard
dotterel trip  
doves dole or dule fanciful
piteousness fanciful
dragonet fish swarm possibly invented
ducks bunch (on water)  
paddling (on water) possibly fanciful
raft (on water) also used of other waterfowl
skein in flight
sord or sore  
string in flight
team (in flight)  
waddling possibly fanciful
dunbirds flight  
dunlins fling  

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