How well do you know the names of animal congregations? Sure, most of know about a herd of elephants, colony of ants, or even a murder of crows. You might even know that lions travel in a pride or that porcupines move in a prickle.
But did you know that a group of sparrows is a host, flies move in a business, and a collective of apes is a shrewdness? You’ve heard of a flock of seagulls but a flock of lice? (GROSS!)
I sure didn’t until stumbling across a neat little resource about the names of animal groups. Whether you’re a trivia wonk, crossword warrior, or writer like me, these tidbits are sure to come in handy.
Some of these groupings are funny. My favorites include:
- A bloat of hippopotamuses
- A tower of giraffes
- A wisdom of wombats
- A pitying of turtle doves
- A parliament of owls
- A leap of leopard
- A convocation of eagles
- A kettle of hawks
It would be cool to see some artwork of a troop of kangaroos, a dazzle of zebras, or a congress of salamanders. That last one would make you think twice about “Newt” Gingrich.
Now I’ll just have to figure out how to work a tribe of goats or a deceit of lapwings into my next novel. Just as soon as I figure out what a lapwing is.
Which of these animal grouping names do you like best?