Collective nouns for animals, birds & more

A collective noun refers to a group of people or things. We’ve always been curious about collective nouns for our animals and birds here at Likweti Bushveld Farm Estate, and we often chuckle at some of them. How well do you know your collective nouns?

Here’s a list that will sure help you impress your neighbour next time you find yourself meeting up for a walk in the bushveld:


  • A dazzle of zebra
  • A prickle of porcupine
  • A business of mongoose
  • A barrel of monkeys
  • A cloud of bats
  • A journey of giraffe (for moving animals)
  • A tower of giraffe (when the giraffe are standing still)
  • A confusion of wildebeest
  • A herd of impala


  • A parliament of owls
  • A wake of vultures
  • A pride of ostriches
  • A descent of woodpeckers
  • A fling of oxpeckers
  • A confusion of guinea fowl
  • A convocation of eagles


  • A creep of tortoises
  • A quiver of cobras
  • A lounge of lizards


  • A plague of locusts
  • A scourge of mosquito
  • A cluster of spiders
  • A brood of termites

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