Sure, you could just slap an “s” on the end of “bear” and people will know what you mean. But most animals actually have a unique name for their collective group. Though uncommon, these are all unique terms for animal groups.
Đang xem: A dazzle of zebras
Tigers: Notoriously solitary, tigers don’t often travel in groups. So you may not ever have the chance to identify an “ambush” of tigers. And maybe that’s for the best.
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Crocodiles: Basically, what a croc does is what it’s called. So a bunch of crocodiles on land is a “bask” while a bunch in the water is a “float.”
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Hippopotamus: Because everyone will look at you funny if you say “hippopotami,” you could call a group of hippos a “thunder.” Or if you’re mean, call them a “bloat.”
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Hawks: While in flight, call them a “kettle.” But when they’re circling for prey, a group of hawks is a full-on “boil.”
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Pheasant: Before it’s riddled with five shot, a pheasant in a group is part of a “bouquet.”
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Ferrets: If you see more than one ferret, you’re looking at a “business.” And if you live near a city, it’s also a “problem.”
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Hyenas: Call it like you hear it. A group of hyenas is actually a “cackle.”
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Bats: When the sky goes dark with a load of bats, you’ve got a “cauldron.” You may also want to head indoors.
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Bobolinks: Believe it or not, a group of bobolinks is a “chain.” And to answer your next question, a bobolink is a small blackbird found in North and South America. It’s also the sole member of the genus Dolichonyx – but you probably already knew that.
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Goldfinch: If you see a bunch of goldfinches, it could be your lucky day; that’s a “charm.”
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Cats: Here kitty, kitty … Oh, there’s a bunch of you! Here clowder, clowder…
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Alligators: When you see a group of alligators it’s a “congregation.” And if you happen to be swimming, it’s “sheer horror.”
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Salamanders: With a salamanders, as with people, “congress” and “maelstrom” mean the same thing.
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Lemurs: How many lemurs do you see? A bunch? I don’t know, seems like a “conspiracy” to me.
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Eagles: The most regal animal in America earns one of the most respectable group titles: “convocation.”
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Dogs: Puppies are a litter, wild dogs are a pack, and a roving group of feral dogs is a “cowardice.”
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Rhinos: Of course you could say a “stubbornness” of rhinos and be correct. But a “crash” of rhinoceroses sounds so much cooler.
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Lapwings: If you hear a shrill, wailing cry, then note a crest and irregular wingbeat, you’ve got yourself a lapwing. And if you see bunch more, that’s a “deceit.”