Funny Animal Names, Group by Group

A grumble of pugs, an embarrassment of pandas, a kindle of kittens! The Compendium of Collective Nouns offers the accurate but wild word for every animal pack under the sun. Here's our guide to remembering which is which.

By Brandon Specktor
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    A Grumble of Pugs

    How to remember: "I hate work," one pug grumbled to the grumble of pugs. "The boss treats us like dogs."

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    A Kindle of Kittens

    How to remember: Our daughter browsed LOLCats on her tablet, cooing over a kindle of kittens on her Kindle.

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    An Embarrassment of Pandas

    How to remember: The newlywed embarrassment of pandas could not mate on command—much to their embarrassment.

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    A Congress of Baboons

    How to remember: Q: What's the difference between the U.S. Congress and a congress of baboons? A: One is a pack of rowdy primates—and the other is a group of baboons. (Hey-oh!)

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    A Prickle of Hedgehogs

    How to remember: Snoozing in the sun, I woke to a prickle on my cheek—it was a prickle of hedgehogs scampering all over my face.

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    A Bloat of Hippopotamuses

    How to remember: The bloat of hippopotamuses felt bloated after lunch, but thankfully it was a short walk back to the swamp from the drive-thru.

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    A Mischief of Mice

    How to remember: A mischief of mice discussed how they might scam more cheese. "What if we pretend to be blind?" one said, mischievously.

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    A Dropping of Ducks

    How to remember: After slipping in a puddle of duck droppings, Father angrily stormed around looking for the dropping of ducks that dropped it.

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    A Waddle of Penguins

    How to remember: After he ate all of his krill, the penguin waddled back to the waddle of penguins to try to score some more.

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    A Memory of Elephants

    How to remember: They say an elephant never forgets. But a memory of elephants never forgets to smell awful.

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    A Flamboyance of Flamingos

    How to remember: Flamboyantly, the flamboyance of flamingos fluttered into the fairgrounds, flopping their feet and flipping their feathers.

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    A Bouquet of Hummingbirds

    How to remember: My wife thought she was getting a bouquet of flowers for Valentine's Day, but I'm much more creative than that. When she unwrapped her gift—boom!—a bouquet of hummingbirds. Nailed it.

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    A Whoop of Gorillas

    How to remember: Our seats were right on the fifty-yard line, but unfortunately we were near an annoying whoop of gorillas whooping for the other team.

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    A Dazzle of Zebras

    How to remember: "Dazzle me!" Britney told the dazzle of zebra dancers as they unpacked their sequins and clomped on the stage behind her.

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    A Raft of Otters

    How to remember: We were rafting downriver when a raft of otters capsized our boat. "You otter know we don't take kindly to strangers," their tiny chief barked at us. Even while wet, it was hard not to laugh.

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    A Concerto of Crickets

    How to remember: It was a beautiful July night, perfect for a concert by a concerto of crickets. Unfortunately they were too tiny to lift their heavy instruments, so we demanded our money back.

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    A Blessing of Unicorns

    How to remember: A blessing of unicorns pranced across the rainbow, until one sneezed pixie dust all over his friends. "Bless you," the blessing brayed.

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    A Wisdom of Wombats

    How to remember: I once stumbled upon a whole wisdom of wombats in the woods. They were quietly puffing on homemade corncob pipes and discussing Walden.

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    An Aurora of Polar Bears

    How to remember: We weren't able to see the aurora borealis in Alaska, but at dawn an aurora of polar bears gave us a kiss good morning. So that was almost as special.

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    A Scurry of Squirrels

    How to remember: First, just the one squirrel scurried onto our blanket. But then an entire scurry of squirrels scurried up to us. We never got to finish our picnic because we ran away.

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    For more funny names of animal groups...

    ...including a Husk of Hare, a Troubling of Goldfish, and a Journey of Giraffe, check out A Compendium of Collective Nouns by Woop Studios, available at Amazon, or wherever your local Shush of Librarians dwells.

    Your Comments

    • Wyatt Earp

      A Concerto of Crickets? Why is it a picture of a grasshopper?