25 Strange Names For Groups Of Animals

Posted by on December 24, 2012

We all know that a group of cows is a herd and a group of fish is a school but what about a group of cockroaches? Unless you work at the city zoo or have done extensive field work in the African savanna you will probably be surprised by some of the names on this list. From murders to cackles to coalitions these are 25 strange names for groups of animals.


A Thunder of Hippos

A thunder of hipposIn spite of the fact that Hippos seem to enjoy lying near one another, they are intensely independent animals and the only strong social bonds within their group tend to be between mother and child.

A Convocation of Eagles

A Convocation of EaglesAlthough it may not seem like it Bald Eagles are extremely social outside of nesting season and are actually thought to be monogamous.

A Murder of Crows

A Murder of CrowsCrows are very social creatures and boast tight knit families. They roost in large numbers to protect themselves from predators and have over 250 identifiable calls they use to communicate.

A Prickle of Porcupines

A Prickle of PorcupinesRarely will you witness this in nature as porcupines are typically very independent and tend to lead solitary lives.

An Intrusion of Cockroaches

An Intrusion of CockroachesIn spite of being so hated, cockroaches are actually extremely social creatures. They are capable of recognizing members of their own family and many times even live together with multiple generations.

A Court of Kangaroos

A Court of KangaroosThe level of sociability among kangaroos varies drastically with some, usually the larger ones, preferring to live alone.

A Business of Ferrets

A Business of FerretsFerrets are extremely social creatures and unlike their ancestors, known as Polecats, will happily live in large groups.

A Scourge of Mosquitos

A Scourge of MosquitosAlthough their level of sociability remains questionable as they typically only live a maximum of several weeks, mosquitoes do form larges swarms typically for the purpose of mating.

A Sleuth of Bears

A Sleuth of BearsBears are highly advanced social animals as they form hierarchies among themselves and create structured relationships.

A Conspiracy of Lemurs

A Conspiracy of LemursUsually residing in groups as small three, some lemurs form conspiracies that number up to twenty five.

A Hood of Snails

A Hood of SnailsIn spite of their sloth, studies have shown that isolation has a negative impact on a snail over the long run, which means that like most other creatures even snails require social bonding.

A Parliament of Owls

A Wisdom of OwlsWhile they tend to be extremely territorial and independent, outside of breeding season many species do form flocks, or parliaments.

A Maelstrom of Salamanders

A Maelstrom of SalamandersIn the wild salamanders are known to live their lives in relative solitude although their may be times that you will find a small group together.

A Cackle of Hyenas

A Cackle of HyenasAs one of the most socially advanced members of the animal kingdom, hyenas live and hunt in organized social groups that exhibit complex relationships.

A Horde of Hamsters

A Horde of HamstersIt may come as a surprise but hamsters are one of the more solitary animals on this list. In fact, if you ever try putting them together it quite often results in aggression.
Syed Balkhi


Syed is a co-founder of List25 and a very successful blogger. He is most famously known for his blog WPBeginner that covers WordPress tutorials, beginners guides on topics like installing WordPress, choosing WordPress hosting, and more.

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  • Glen Freyer

    I thought it was a troop of turkeys.

  • Macey Creed

    What About Orangutans? Their called a Congress

  • Russell

    Good list, but Rhinoceroses are called a Crash, or sometimes a Stubbornness. Elephants are usually a Parade, a Memory, or a Herd. .