March 1, 2007
Critter Collectives: Crazy Terms for Animal Groups
You could call them a herd or a school, but those names are boring. Just about every kind of animal has a special name for the group. Many of these names are funky and fun, and often quite apt. So I decided to post some of my favorite animal collective terms for you along with some related pictures and blog posts here on perlgurl.org.
A BATTERY OF BARACUDAS
Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Barracuda?
A BUSHEL OF CRABS
Maui Marine Life
A PARADE OF ELEPHANTS
Podcast: Safari South Africa
African Field Notes: The African Elephant
Did You Know? Elephant Bites
Little Big Things: The Discovery of the Pygmy Elephant
The Mirror Has Two Tusks
Call of the Wild?
A FLAMBOYANCE OF FLAMINGOES
San Diego Zoo & Wild Animal Park: Flamingoes
A BAND OF GORILLAS
Mountain Gorilla Habitat Under Attack...
San Diego Zoo & Wild Animal Park: Gorillas
King Kong's Island Illusion
Lions, Ligers & Bears - Oh My!
Recycle Your Mobile Phone: The Gorillas Will Thank You
A BLOAT OF HIPPOPOTAMI
Podcast: Episode #9: Frolicking Hippos
Podcast: Kenya Waterhole
African Field Notes: The Hippopotamus
Why Can't I Have A Pet Hippo?
San Francisco Zoo - HippoSan Francisco Zoo - Hippo
Living With Predators - Hippos
The Virunga National Park Dung Drought
A PANDEMONIUM OF PARROTS
DO NOT TALK TO MY PARROT!!!
Caught On Camera: Stealth Logging In The Rainforest
AN OSTENTATION OR PULCHRITUDE OF PEACOCKS (PEAFOWL!)
Pleasant Pheasants: Peacocks Are A Misnomer Most Fowl
A COLONY OF PENGUINS
Podcast: Jackass Penguin Colony In South Africa
Jackass Penguin Colony - Boulders Beach, South Africa
San Francisco Zoo - Magellanic Penguin
Isolated Ecosystems: The Farallons Are California's Galapagos
A COVEY OF QUAIL
Año Nuevo State Reserve: It's For The Birds
A RHUMBA OF RATTLESNAKES
Rodent Radiation: Squirrels Get Sassy
A SHIVER OF SHARKS
Podcast: We're Going To Need A Bigger Boat - Great White Sharks
Shark Cage Diving - Sketchy?
Great White Shark Diving - Gansbaai, South Africa
Moss Landing State Beach: Shark Attack
Great White Sharks One of Many Victims In Multi-Billion Dollar Wildlife Black Market
A TURN OF TURTLES
Hawaiian Honu: The Green Sea Turtle
The Turtle With Two Heads
New Orleans - Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve - Barataria Preserve - Turtles
Sea Turtles: Off The Hook
A BOOGLE, GANG, OR CONFUSION OF WEASELS
Bunny Binkies & Weasel War Dancing
Incidentally, I have yet to find a true collective name for mongooses, and so I have decided to name it myself. A group of mongoose is called a trouble, as in a trouble of mongoose or Where's the trouble?. I figure that the best way to create a new word is to use it, and to encourage its use, until it makes it into the mainstream.
USGS:Animal Congregations, or What Do You Call a Group of.....?
Hints & Things: Terms for Groups of Animals, Birds and Insects
Enchanted Learning: Names of Males, Females, Babies, and Groups of Animals
Posted by sorsha at March 1, 2007 12:06 PM
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