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Here are some collective nouns for animal groups, each  illustrated with a photograph.  Some are odd.  Some are familiar.  And some are funny.  The oldest date back to hunting terms.  How many more do you know?

a-animal groups-alligator-LA-Cajun Pride Swamp Tour-c2016 Rich Irwin-100pix
a congregation of alligators

a-animal groups-ants-BONNIE LANE-c2015 Carole Terwilliger Meyers-iPhone
a covey of ants 

a-animal groups-baboon-SALINAS-Wild Things-c2010 Carole Terwilliger Meyers-200pix
a congress of baboons
a troop of baboons

a colony of bats
a creche of baby bats

a-animal groups-bear-ALASKA-c2005 Carole Terwilliger Meyers-CROP-100pix

a band of bears

a-animal groups-bee-ICELAND-NE-Egilsstadir-Hus Handanna Art & Design-bee hat+fingerless gloves-c2014 Carole Terwilliger Meyers-CROP-100pix

a swarm of bees

a flock of birds

a-animal groups-buffalo-SF-Golden Gate Park-Buffalo Paddock-c2015 Carole Terwilliger Meyers-iPhone-100pix

a herd of buffalo

a-animal groups-Monarch butterfly-PISMO BEACH-Monarch Butterfly Grove-c2012 Carole Terwilliger Meyers-orig-100pix

a shimmer of butterflies

a-animal groups-camels-EGYPT-Sharm-St.Catherine's-c2009 Carole Terwilliger Meyers-100pix
a caravan of camels

a-animal groups-cows-POINT REYES NATIONAL SEASHORE-c2004 Carole Terwilliger Meyers-100pix
a kine of cows

a-animal groups-SAN DIEGO-Sea World-dolphin with mouth open-1988-PR-x-slide scan-100pix

a charm of dolphins
a coalition of bachelor dolphins

a-animal groups-SITKA ALASKA-c2005 Carole Terwilliger Meyers-100pix

a convocation of eagles

a business of ferrets

a-animal groups-CURACAO-Longspine Squirrelfish-c2003 Carole Terwilliger Meyers-100pix

a school of fish

a-animal groups-frog-COSTA RICA-from Picasa sample album-100pix

an army of frogs
a chorus of frogs

a-animal groups-geese-toy stuffed-Nordstrom-c2016 Carole Terwilliger Meyers-100pix

a gaggle of geese

a-animal groups-hippo-LAS VEGAS-Las Vegas Natural History Museum-African Galleries-c2015 Carole Terwilliger Meyers-CROP-100pix

a school of hippopotamuses

a-animal groups-wart hog-TRINIDAD-Port of Spain-The Emperor Valley Zoo-c2016 Carole Terwilliger Meyers-CROP-100pix

a drift of hogs

a-animal groups-hummingbird-BERKELEY-Tilden-Botanic Garden-ruby-throated hummingbird-c2015 Carole Terwilliger Meyers-iPhone-100pix

a dazzle of hummingbirds

a clan of hyenas

a-animal groups-lion-LAS VEGAS-Las Vegas Natural History Museum-c2015 Carole Terwilliger Meyers-CROP-100pix

a pride of lions

a-animal groups-owl-IRELAND-CONG-Ashford Castle-School of Falconry-Dingle-Eurasian eagle owl-c2013 Carole Terwilliger Meyers-iPhone-100pix
a parliament of owls

a-pandas-CHENGDU-CHINA-c2016 Carole Terwilliger Meyers-100pix
a pandemonium of pandas

a-parrot-RIVIERA MAYA-Xcaret-c2012 Carole Terwilliger Meyers-CROP-100pix
a pandemonium
of parrots
a rainbow of parrots

a-animal groups-peacock-HI-KAUAI-Smith's Tropical Paradise-c2014 Carole Terwilliger Meyers-100pix
a muster of peacocks
an ostentation of peacocks

a colony of penguins

a-animal groups-polar bears-CHURCHILL-CANADA-c2004 Carole Terwilliger Meyers-100pix
an aurora of polar bears

an unkindness of ravens

a-animal groups-rhino-NAPA-di Rosa-Rhinocar by David Best-c2013 Carole Terwilliger Meyers-CROP-100pix

a crash of rhinos

a-animal groups-seals-SF-Pier 39-c2013 Carole Terwilliger Meyers-100pix

a colony of seals

a-animal groups-sea otters-MONTEREY-Monterey Bay Aquarium-100pix

a raft of sea otters

a-animal groups-shark-LAS VEGAS-Las Vegas Natural History Museum-Marine LIfe Gallery-c2015 Carole Terwilliger Meyers-100pix

a frenzy of sharks

a-animal groups-sheep-ICELAND-NE-Egilsstadir-Skriduklaustur-monastery ruins-c2014 Carole Terwilliger Meyers-100pix

a flock of sheep

a-animal groups-squirrel+David-slide scan-100pix
a dray of squirrels
a scurry of squirrels

a host of sparrows

a-animal groups-starling-used in my blog
a chattering of starlings
a murmuration of starlings

a-animal groups-swans-ENGLAND-Lake District-Windemere Lake-c2007 Carole Terwilliger Meyers-fnl-small-100pix
a bevy of swans

a-animal groups-tiger-THAILAND-Chiang Mai-Tiger Kingdom-c2010 Carole Terwilliger Meyers-100pix
an ambush of tigers

a-animal groups-turtle-RIVIERA MAYA-Xcaret-c2012 Carole Terwilliger Meyers-100pix

a rafter of turtles
a bale of sea turtles

a-animal groups-walruses-San Diego-Sea World-1988-pr-x-slide scan-CROP-100pix
a pod of walruses

a-animal groups-whale-VALLEJO-Marine World-c1986 Carole Terwilliger Meyers-slide scan

a pod of whales
a pod of killer whales

a pack of wolves

a-animal groups-zebra-SANTA ROSA-Safari West-c Carole Terwilliger Meyers-100pix
a cohort of zebras
a dazzle of zebras



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