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Collective nouns for African animals


A bloat of hippopotamus


A pride of lion

A bask of crocodiles

A barrel of monkeys

A cackle of hyena

A creep of tortoises

A crash of rhinoceros

A leap of leopard

A obstinacy of buffalo

A coalition of cheetah


A memory of elephant


A dazzle of zebra

A flamboyance of flamingos


A tower of giraffe


A wake of vultures


An armoury of aardvarks


A whoop of gorillas


A parliament of owls


A scourge of mosquito


A confusion of guinea fowl


Can you imagine how each of the following groups got its name?

Isn’t it fascinating how so many describe the animal in question perfectly… telling us something of their character.

Which of these collective nouns do you think is most apt in it’s description or makes you want to find out more about the animal group they describe?


And here are 20 more which you might like, not all African animals but nevertheless interesting…


An ambush of tigers

A glittering of hummingbirds

An escargatoire of snails

A prickle of porcupine

A mob of kangaroos

A congregation of alligators

A gaze of raccoons

A hover of trout

A kindle of kittens

A lamentation of swans

A mess of iguanas

A pitying of turtledoves

An unkindness of ravens

A wisdom of wombats

A pandemonium of parrots

A mischief of mice

An intrusion of cockroaches

A pride of peacocks