We all know that a group of people is called a crowd, more than two cars is called a Fleet Or, that a group of buffaloes is called a herd.
But the coiners of animal group names were also innovative when it came to animals such as crows, cockroaches and zebras. Here we present some of the interesting (and funny) collective nouns for our fellow members from the animal kingdom.
A LOUNGE OF LIZARDS
Well, lizards do seem to be pretty relaxed and “chilled out”. That is, until they make a move on their prey!
These animals, weighing up to 3500kg, can run at a speed of 56 km/hr and having been bestowed with a poor eyesight, there’s a good chance they may come crashing into you if you stand in their path!
This one needs no explanation. Anyone who’s ever had mice roaming about in their homes can attest to the havoc they cause with their mischief! Also referred to a nest or trip.
Giraffes are the tallest terrestrial animals, towering over all other animals. So fittingly, a group of giraffes is called a tower. Also called a herd.
A lion is called the king of the jungle and a king is never short of pride. A symbol of royalty, bravery and stateliness, a group of lions is aptly referred to as a pride. Also called a troop.
Fishes often stay together as a social group and swim around in a coordinated manner, which possibly led to their collective group being known as a school or shoal.
The largest land animals can be quite intimidating when they move as a group with their stomps and trumpets. The amazing spectacle may have led to their collective group being called a parade. Also called a herd.
A KINDLE OF KITTENS
Kittens are offspring of cats and the word ‘kindle’ comes from Middle English kindel, which means an “offspring”. A group of kittens is also called a litter.
Ants are found in large congregations and go about their jobs in a purposeful and disciplined manner, earning their collective group to be referred to as an army. Also called a colony, nest or swarm.
These marsupials are highly social animals, moving about in groups of 10-100. Fights between males can occur suddenly for mating rights, perhaps giving the impression of a mob-like behavior! A group of kangaroos is also called a troop.
If the movie ‘Madagascar’ is anything to go by, zebras do seem to be pretty full of enthusiasm! A group of Zebras is also called a herd or dazzle.
They are strong and intimidating, but possibly surviving in the forests also requires one to be shrewd. Or at least somebody thought so! Group of apes is also called a troop.
They do look colorful and exuberant. Looking at a group of them, flamboyance does seem an apt name to describe them! Group of flamingos is also called a stand.
These nocturnal creatures have been associated with wisdom and scholarliness since time immemorial. No surprise then that when a group of them sits together, they give the impression of a parliament in session. Group of owls is also sometimes called a stare.
These annoying pests do intrude into our homes and almost everywhere we go!
This rather poetic description could possibly have something to do with the fact that these scavengers are often seen around dead bodies!
Tigers are known to be stealthy and when a group of them decide to hunt down a prey, the prey is pretty much ambushed. Group of tigers is also called a streak.
Group of foxes is also called a skulk or leash.
Wonder what their business is, but maybe a better term could have been “buzz”iness of flies! Group of flies is also sometimes called a swarm or cloud.