Animal Groups

Hello all,

sophofbread here. You may have seen my animal babies post and in that post I said I was going to do a post on animal groups – so here it is…

All animals have different names when in a group. Most people agree a group of humans is called a crowd. A lot of group names come from a few hundred years ago when people wanted to add mistery and wonder to their writing. For example: a murder of crows was first coined around the 15th century when it was written a murther of crows (murther was old english for murder)A lot of the names seem really weird and there seems to be no reasoning to them! However for some the funny connections seem apparent – a gulp of swallows, a flight of butterflies or a cackle of hyenas.

There are so many different animals and so many different names for their groups, I couldn’t possibly name them all (there are a lot of websites that do if you were interested). I’ve chosen to pick a few that I think sound interesting or amusing;

  • A prickle of porcupines <—– ahh!
  • An intrusion of cockroaches
  • A smack of jellyfish
  • An army of caterpillars
  • A charm of finches
  • A crash of rhinos

Thanks for reading and see you soon.


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