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Birds

NounCollective Noun
(most usual first)
BirdsVolery
BitternsSedge, Siege
BudgerigarsChatter
BustardsFlock
CapercailliesTok
ChickensBrood, Peep
ChoughsChattering, Clattering
CootsCover, Raft
CormorantsFlight
CranesSedge, Siege
CrowsMurder, Hover
CurlewsHead
DotterelsTrip (mentioned by Bill Oddie on Nature Watch)
DovesFlight, Dole, Dule, Pitying, Prettying
DucksFlush, Team
(diving) dopping
(in flight) team, plump
(on water) Paddling
(brood) Flush
(pair) Brace
DunlinFling
EaglesConvocation,Jubilee
FalconsCast
FinchesCharm, Trimming, Trembling
Geese(at rest) Gaggle, Flock, Nide
(in flight) Skein
GoldfinchesGlister, Charm, Chattering, Drum, Troubling
GoshawksFlight
GrouseCovey
(single family) Brood
(large group) Pack
GuillemotsBazaar
GullsColony, Pack
HawksCast, Leash, Kettle
HensBrood
HeronsSedge, Siege
HummingbirdsShimmer, Charm
JackdawsTrain (confirmed by RSPB librarian)
JaysBand, Party
LapwingsDesert, Deceit
LarksExaltation, Bevy, Ascension
MagpiesTittering, Tiding
MallardsSord
(on land) Flush, Sute
(on water) Puddling
MerlinsLeash
NightingalesWatch, Match
OwlsParliament, Stare
ParrotsFlock, Company
PartridgesCovey, Bew
PeacocksMuster, Ostentation, Pride
PenguinsRaft (in water), Waddle (on dry land)
PheasantsNye, Bouquet
PigeonsFlight, Flock
PloversCongregation, Leash, Wing
PoultryRun
PuffinsRaft
QuailBevy, Covey
RavensUnkindness, Conspiracy
RooksParliament, Building, Clamour
RuffsHill
Sea FowlCloud
SeagullsSquabble
SheldrakesDopping, Doading
Snipe(at rest) Walk
(in flight) Wisp
SparrowsHost, Quarrel, Tribe
StarlingsMurmuration
StorksMustering
SwallowsFlight
SwansHerd, Bank, Bevy, Game, Squadron, Wedge, Whiteness, Drift
SwiftsFlock
TealSpring, Coil, Knob, Raft
TernsDread
ThrushesMutation
TurkeysFlock, Dole, Dule, Raffle, Raft, Rafter
TurtledovesPitying
VulturesWake
WaterfowlPlump
WidgeonCompany, Bunch, Coil, Knob
WildfowlTrip
WoodcockFall, Covey, Plump
WoodpeckersDescent
WrensHerd
Total: 73 

Database updated on 10th Apr 2016 at 2:00pm

Mammals

NounCollective Noun
(most usual first)
AntelopesHerd
ApesShrewdness
AssesPace, Drove, Herd
BaboonsFlange, Troop
BadgersCete, Colony
BearsSloth, Sleuth
BoarsSounder, Herd, Singular
BuffaloHerd
CamelsFlock
CatsClowder, Cluster, Glaring
(kittens) Kindle, Litter
(wild cats) Destruction
CattleHerd, Drove
ChamoisHerd
CheetahsCoalition
ColtsRake, Rag
ConiesBury
DeerHerd, Leash. Parcel
DogsPack, Kennel
DolphinsPod, Flock
DonkeysHerd, Drove
ElephantsHerd
ElkGang
FerretsBusiness, Cast, Fesnying
FoxesSkulk, Lead, Leash
GiraffesTower, Corps
GoatsTrip, Flock, Herd, Tribe
GorillasBand
HamstersHorde
HaresDrove, Down, Husk, Leash, Trace, Trip
HedgehogsPrickle, Array
HippopotamiBloat,Pod
HogsDrift
HorsesDrove, Harass, Herd, Stable, Team
HoundsPack, Mute
KangaroosMob (only correct terminology)
LeopardsLeap, Lepe
LionsPride, Sault, Sowse, Troop
MaresStud
MartensRichness
MeerkatsMob
MolesLabour, Company, Movement
MonkeysTroop, Cartload, Tribe, Mission
MiceNest
MulesBarren, Pack, Rake
OttersFamily, Bevy
OxenTeam, Yoke, Span
PigsDrove, Herd, Sounder
(Piglets) Farrow, Litter
PolecatsChine
PoniesString
PorpoisesSchool
PuppiesLitter
RabbitsColony, Bury, Nest
(young rabbits) Wrack
RacehorsesString
RatsColony
RhinocerosesCrash
Roe DeerBevy
SealsColony, Harem, Herd, Pod, Spring
Sea OttersRaft
SheepFlock, Drove, Fold
SquirrelsDray
StoatsPack
SwineSounder
TigersStreak, Ambush
UnicornsMarvel
WalrusesHerd
WeaselsBoogle, Sneak, Pack
Wild CatsDout
Wild PigsSounder
WhalesSchool, Herd, Gam, Pod
WolvesPack
ZebraDazzle, Zeal
Total: 70 

Database updated on 10th Apr 2016 at 2:00pm

Invertebrates

NounCollective Noun
(most usual first)
BacteriaCulture
FungusColony
JellyfishStuck, Smack, Fluther
MushroomsTroop
WormsClew
Total: 5 

Database updated on 10th Apr 2016 at 2:00pm

Insects & Aracnids

NounCollective Noun
(most usual first)
AntsColony, Army
BeesSwarm, Grist, Hive
ButterfliesKaleidoscope, Swarm, Rabble
CaterpillarsArmy
FliesSwarm, Business
GnatsSwarm, Cloud, Horde
GrasshoppersCluster
HornetsNest
LocustsPlague
SpidersClutter
Total: 10 

Database updated on 10th Apr 2016 at 2:00pm

Molluscs

NounCollective Noun
(most usual first)
ClamsBed
OystersBed
SnailsWalk
Total: 3 

Database updated on 10th Apr 2016 at 2:00pm

Fish

NounCollective Noun
(most usual first)
Archer fishCompany
BarracudaBattery
BassShoal, Fleet
Butterfly fishSchool
DogfishTroop
Dragonet fishSwarm
EelsSwarm
FishShoal, School
Flying fishGlide
GoldfishTroubling
HerringsGlean, Army, Shoal
MinnowsStream
Porcupine fishCluster
Rainbow fishParty
SalmonBind
Sea HorsesHerd
SticklebacksSpread
SwordfishFlotilla
TroutHover
Total: 19 

Database updated on 10th Apr 2016 at 2:00pm

Amphibians

NounCollective Noun
(most usual first)
FrogsArmy
ToadsKnot
TurtlesDule, Bale
Total: 3 

Database updated on 10th Apr 2016 at 2:00pm

Reptiles

NounCollective Noun
(most usual first)
CobrasQuiver
CrocodilesBask
SnakesDen, Nest, Pit
TurtlesTurn
VipersNest
Total: 5 

Database updated on 10th Apr 2016 at 2:00pm

Inanimate Objects

NounCollective Noun
(most usual first)
AircraftWing
ArrowsQuiver
AsteroidsBelt
BananasHand
BeansHill
BooksLibrary, Pile
BorgCollective, Hive
BreadBatch
BrushwoodBavin
CardsDeck
CirclesCrop
ClassicsPraise
Collective NounsCatch
ComputersNetwork
DissertationsAngst
EggsClutch
FallaciesVicious Circle
FlowersBed, Patch, Bouquet
Fluorescent TubesDementor (suggested by Chris Francis)
GrapesBunch, Cluster
HairLock
HomeworkSlew
InformationWealth
IslandsChain, Archipelago
JewelsCache
KeysRing
LibrariesTrove
LorriesConvoy, Fleet
MoneyRouleau
MountainsRange
NounsCollective
Pearls or BeadsString
PeasPod
PoemsAnthology
ReedsClump
SatellitesConstellation
ShipsFleet, Armada, Flotilla
StairsFlight
StarsGalaxy, Constellation
SundaysMonth
TasksAgenda
TreesStand, Clump, Forest
Total: 42 

Database updated on 10th Apr 2016 at 2:00pm

People

NounCollective Noun
(most usual first)
AcademicsFaculty
ActorsCast, Company
AlumniPursestring
AngelsChorus, host
AristoteliansCategory
Assistant ProfessorsClamber
Associate ProfessorsTenure
AthletesTeam
Athletic ScholarshipsOxymoron
BankersWunch
BeautiesBevy
BureaucratsShuffle
Car DealersLot
Car MechanicsClutch
ClassicistsShelf
CryptologistsConspiracy
CynicsBark
DeansOversight
DirectorsBoard
Doctorial CandidatesDoggedness
EmployeesStaff
EmpiricistsTabula Rasa
EpicureansCulture
ExistentialistsEssence
ExpertsPanel,Discord
FreshmanPlenitude
Full ProfessorsEntropy
Graduate StudentsFortitude
GraduatesVale
GrammariansConjunction
Homecoming QueensCuddle
HoodlumsGang
IdiotsThicket
JudgesBevy
JuniorsGratitude
KnightsBanner
LawyersHuddle
LecturersDrift
LepersColony
LexicographersLogorrhea
LibrariansShush
LichenologistsHuddle
LinguistsLapsus
LogiciansPremise
MagistratesBench
MathematiciansNumber
MenBand
MetaphysiciansTranscendance
Microsoft ProgrammersAsylum, Bloat
MonksAbomination
MusiciansOrchestra, Band, Ensemble
NativesTribe
Night StudentsPallor
NihilistsNullity
NudistsHangout
OnlookersCrowd
OverachieversLeap
Patent ExaminersPlurality
PathologistsBody
PeopleCrowd
PerformersTroupe
PeripateticsWalk
Phi Beta KappasKey
PhilologistsGloss
PhilosophersPonder,Wrangle
PlatonistsForm
PrincipalsLack
Professors EmeritiEx Cathedra
RelativesDescent
ResearchersBrood
SailorsCrew
SenatorsHouse
SeniorsAttitude
SoldiersSquad
SolipsistsIntrospection
SophomoresPlatitude
StoicsPorch
StudentsClass
ThievesDen
ThomistsSumma
TouristsFlock
TroopsParel
TrusteesBored
UnderachieversDrowse
WidowsAmbush
WitchesCoven
WorshippersCongregation
Total: 87 

Database updated on 10th Apr 2016 at 2:00pm


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