View Full Version : Animal Collective Nouns

09-05-2004, 08:35 AM
Collective nouns are a way of describing more then one of something. When talking about groups of animals some of the accepted terms are rather *strange*. For instance,

A business of Ferrets
A prickle of Porcupines
A crash of Rhinoceroses

Anyone want to add to the list?

(Ferrets deserved to be capitalized as well :D )

Flawed Creation
09-05-2004, 09:42 AM
an Intelligence of Apes... i think.... unless i'm misremembering

09-05-2004, 10:06 AM
an Intelligence of Apes That's a wonderful one! :grin

09-05-2004, 12:01 PM
A murder of crows.
An ambush of tigers.
A skulk of foxes.

More (http://www.uen.org/utahlink/activities/view_activity.cgi?activity_id=4234)

09-05-2004, 04:50 PM
Geese in the air are a 'skein' I like that one as its so descitptive.

have we had a clowder of cats?

09-05-2004, 09:40 PM
A streak of Tigers

09-06-2004, 04:39 AM
A kindle of kittens.
A charm of goldfinches.
A sleuth (or sloth) of bears.
A parliament of owls.

I love these.


aka eraser
09-06-2004, 07:07 AM
An exaltation of larks.
A cowardice of curs.
A mute of hounds.
A spring of teal.
A true love of turtledoves.
An unkindness of ravens.
An ostentation of peacocks.

Although I started a thread on made-up collectives (a hobby of mine) on the Humor board, these (and hundreds more) can be found in the book "An Exaltation of Larks" by James Lipton (Penguin).

09-06-2004, 07:51 PM
A coven of crows.

Did I actually see that one somewhere or am I remembering incorrectly? hmmm.....

09-08-2004, 05:31 AM
A parliament of owls
Being Canadian, I don't think this is really fair to the owls.... :grin

PS - I'm so surprised Frank didn't post the obvious: school of fish.

09-08-2004, 10:10 PM
I don't understand 'a mute of hounds' since all the hounds I know are anything but mute. :lol

09-10-2004, 05:08 AM
Think it might be a Brit fox-hunting term. Foxhounds are mute until they see the fox, then they 'bell'.

(Though I may be wrong.)


09-10-2004, 06:53 AM
Ah! Okay, seems like I recall seeing the term 'bell' in an article somewhere. Now I get it. Thanks. :)