And how about the proper collective noun for a group of baboons?
Believe it or not . . . it’s not a Congress, though a Congress of Baboons is kind of fitting, right?! We’ve seen that on social media and elsewhere online, too. But a group of baboons is actually called a TROOP.
We find the various animal group names to be quite entertaining and we couldn’t help but wonder how these names evolved. We did quite a bit of research trying to find a definitive source as to the authority on the “right” collective noun for the various animal groups, but there doesn’t seem to be a single authority on the subject, per se.
To complicate matters, it turns out there are some variations and nuances that aren’t always spelled out or even agreed upon. For example, it seems that a group of turkeys is called a rafter. However, there’s evidently a distinction between domestic and wild turkeys when it comes to knowing what to call them as a group. A group of domestic turkeys is called a rafter . . .
while a group of wild turkeys is referred to as a flock.
Still, it’s fun to see what you can find by looking and it’s interesting to note that many of the names for groups of animals are descriptive of the animals themselves:
Here is our running list of various names for various groups of animals.
We’ll keep updating as we learn more.
|fox-skulk, leash||ferret-business, fesynes||cheetah-coalition|
|turtle dove-pitying, dule||butterfly-lek, rabble, flutter, kaleidoscope||dog-kennel|
|porcupine-prickle||zebra-zeal, crossing, dazzle||finche-charm|
|bear-sloth, sleuth||coyote-band||elephant-herd, parade, memory|
|hippopotamus-bloat||goldfish-glint, troubling||crocodile-bask, float|
|hyena-cackle, clan||wild cat-destruction||goat-tribe, trip, drove|
As an aside, we’d also like to point out that we like to call more than one Rhinoceros, Rhinoceri (rhinoceroses), more than one Porcupine, Porcupie (porcupines), and more than one Opossum, Poseye (opossums, or possums).
We know it’s wrong, but it’s FUN!