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10 Animal-Group Names’re so Different in English

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Groups of animals are called in different words, which sometimes are commonly heard.

For example a pack of hounds, several packs of wolves or three schools of fish.

A pack of dog, with their pack leader.

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 25: Cesar Millan attends photocall to launch his UK tour at Soho Hotel on November 25, 2009 in London, England. (Photo by Danny Martindale/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 25: Cesar Millan attends photocall to launch his UK tour at Soho Hotel on November 25, 2009 in London, England. (Photo by Danny Martindale/WireImage)

A school of fish

Indonesia, Bali, Seraya, Tulamben, School of Bigeye Trevally (Caranx sexfasciatus) forming tornado
Indonesia, Bali, Seraya, Tulamben, School of Bigeye Trevally (Caranx sexfasciatus) forming tornado

MThai English has done a bit of research about common collective nouns used for animals sounded mind-blowing. Here are some examples of common collective nouns used for animals.

#1 An army of ants ‘กองทัพมด’

ants_Instagram sashaelaina
Cr. Instagram sashaelaina

#2 A flock of birds ‘ฝูงนก’

Flock of sea birds
Flock of sea birds

#3 A flock of sheep ‘ฝูงแกะ’ Baa-Ram-Eew

Merino Sheep, South Island, New Zealand
Merino Sheep, South Island, New Zealand

#4 A herd of deer ‘ฝูงกวาง’

Red Deer (Cervus elaphus) female with calves, Lelystad, Netherlands
Red Deer (Cervus elaphus) female with calves, Lelystad, Netherlands

#5 A hive of bees ‘ฝูงผึ้ง หรือผึ้งรังหนึ่ง’

Honey Bees
Honey Bees

#6 A litter of puppies ‘ลูกสุนัขครอกหนึ่ง’

BEIJING, CHINA - FEBRUARY 11: (CHINA OUT) Labrador puppies sit in a vendor's car behind their mother at a pet market on February 11, 2006 in Beijing, China. According to state media, with the country's pet population growing fast, analysts predicted that the market potential for the "pet economy" in China could reach a minimum of RMB 15 billion (about USD 1.86 billion). (Photo by China Photos/Getty Images)
BEIJING, CHINA – FEBRUARY 11: (CHINA OUT) Labrador puppies sit in a vendor’s car behind their mother at a pet market on February 11, 2006 in Beijing, China. According to state media, with the country’s pet population growing fast, analysts predicted that the market potential for the “pet economy” in China could reach a minimum of RMB 15 billion (about USD 1.86 billion). (Photo by China Photos/Getty Images)

Here is also a litter of CUTES ‘อีกครอกหนึ่งที่น่ารักน่าชัง’

Eight Week Old Iditarod Husky Pups Sit In An Antique Wooden Sled In Nome During The 2010 Iditarod
Eight Week Old Iditarod Husky Pups Sit In An Antique Wooden Sled In Nome During The 2010 Iditarod

Awwwwwwwwwww, a litter of fluffiness. ‘ปุกปุยอีกครอกหนึ่ง’

A row of Australian Shepherd puppies
A row of Australian Shepherd puppies

#7 A murder of crows [Ouch!! murder?] ‘ฝูงกา’

TO GO WITH AFP STORY:Massacre exposes anarchy, incompetence in rural Russia by Stuart Williams A murder of crows flies over a highway not far from the village of Kushchevskaya in Kranodar region, southern Russia on November 20, 2010. Bandits from a local criminal group had broken into a house a few days ago, stabbed ten of the diners to death and suffocated two others in a bloodbath that lasted one-and-a-half hours. AFP PHOTO/ MIKHAIL MORDASOV (Photo credit should read MIKHAIL MORDASOV/AFP/Getty Images)
TO GO WITH AFP STORY:Massacre exposes anarchy, incompetence in rural Russia by Stuart Williams A murder of crows flies over a highway not far from the village of Kushchevskaya in Kranodar region, southern Russia on November 20, 2010. Bandits from a local criminal group had broken into a house a few days ago, stabbed ten of the diners to death and suffocated two others in a bloodbath that lasted one-and-a-half hours. AFP PHOTO/ MIKHAIL MORDASOV (Photo credit should read MIKHAIL MORDASOV/AFP/Getty Images)

#8 A swarm of locusts ‘ฝูงตั๊กแตน’

Desert locust nymphs
Desert locust nymphs

#9 A team of horses [ha ha, yeah right, a good team] ‘ฝูงม้า’

horses

#10 A pride of lions ‘ฝูงสิงโต (แห่งผาทรนง)’

Oops !!! They will be… someday in the future.

Kenya, Masai Mara, Narok County, Masai Mara National Reserve, Lioness (panthera leo) and cubs walking
Kenya, Masai Mara, Narok County, Masai Mara National Reserve, Lioness (panthera leo) and cubs walking

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Lions from the Vumbi pride after a rain shower in Serengeti National Park.
Lions from the Vumbi pride after a rain shower in Serengeti National Park.

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