Posts Tagged ‘names of groups of animals’

Unless you’re cooking, fish don’t come in a kettle.  But if you see a group of vultures flying by, you’ve seen a kettle of them.  However, if not in flight, the group is a committee, a volt or a venue and if feeding, a wake (rather appropriate for whatever is dinner!)

The names assigned to groups of various animals are quite intriguing, as in the instance of an intrigue or kindle of kittens, rather than the more prosaic litter.  Here are some of the many unusual names I came across.

A bellow of trout
A cackle of hyenas…a fitting appellation
A bellowing of bullfinches
A drift of hogs
A deceit of lapwings
A gang of elk
A wisdom of wombats
An unkindness of ravens
A confusion of Guinea fowl
A shrewdness of apes
A fever of stingrays
A shoal of bass
A cete of badgers
A sleuth/sloth of bears
A sounder of boars  (as opposed to the sound of bores)  🙂
A paddling/brace/team of ducks
A company of parrots
A smack of jellyfish
A float of crocodiles
A flight/volery of birds
A grist of bees

And my favorites:

A fesnying of ferrets (or a cast or business)
A murder of crows
A rhumba of rattlesnakes
A gulp of cormorants…also very fitting, although when cormorants are used to catch fish, they have a snare tied around the base of         their throats to keep them from swallowing the fish.
A quiver of cobras