An Unkindness of Ravens: Weird Animal Groups Quiz

By: Maria Trimarchi

An Unkindness of Ravens: Weird Animal Groups Quiz
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About This Quiz

Some animal group names are so obvious as to be boring. A litter of puppies? No kidding. A pack of wolves? Snore. And of course, you probably also know that fish travel in schools. But when it comes to animal collectives, some gathering names can get pretty strange. Perhaps this is because there are just so many living things in the world, forcing experts to get creative when naming animal gatherings. In fact, of the 8.7 million different species of living things on the planet, scientists estimate that one to two million of them are animals!

Not all animals travel in groups, however. Some are perfectly fine on their own, and don’t require backup of any sort to survive or thrive. For example, polar bears, platypuses and leopards are just a few of the species that only meet up with others for mating purposes (because there are some things you just can’t do by yourself).

Others, however, need a Taylor Swift-sized squad to take care of business. Starlings (a type of bird) have been known to get together in groups of up to 1.5 million at a time! But that’s nothing compared to herring, who rub fins with up to several billion other little fishies in one giant group! You know that little factoid now, but what about the name of a group of jellyfish, otters or ladybugs? Take this quiz to find out!

When a group of jays gets together, it's a ____.
a charm
a gulp
a party
When a group of jays gets together, it's a "party".

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Otters, known to be playful by nature, are called what when they're in a group?
a romp
A group of otters is called a "romp".
a zeal
an implausibility

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What is a group of ladybugs is called?
a congregation
a conspiracy
a loveliness
When ladybugs get together, it's called a "loveliness".

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Which of the following describes a group of jellyfish?
a bloom
a fluther
a smack
all of these
A group of jellyfish is known as any of these: a "smack," a "bloom" or a "fluther."
none of these

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Flamingos live in large flocks. What is a group of them called?
a flamboyance
a pat
a stand
all of these
A group of flamingos could be called a "flamboyance," a "pat," or a "stand."

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What is the name of a group of scorpions?
a cyclone
A group of scorpions is called a "cyclone."
a clowder
a gang

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True or false: A barrel of monkeys is a group of monkeys, not just a game name.
true
A group of monkeys is called a "barrel."
false

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What do beavers and sardines have in common?
In groups, each is known as a "den."
In groups, each is known as a "family."
A group of beavers or sardines is known as a "family."
In groups, each is known as a "spring."

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A "cackle" is a group of ____.
eels
hyenas
A "cackle" is a group of hyenas.
turkeys

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An "intrigue" of kittens becomes a ____ of cats.
clowder
glaring
pounce
all of these
An "intrigue" of kittens becomes a "pounce," "clowder" or "glaring" of cats.
none of these

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A group of rattlesnakes shares the same name as which style of dance?
mambo
rhumba
The rhumba is both the name of a Cuban dance style and a group of rattlesnakes.
tango

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What is a group of cockroaches called?
an intrusion
When cockroaches gather together, it may feel like an invasion, but their group is an "intrusion."
an invasion
a scourge

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A "scourge" is a group of which pest?
house flies
mosquitoes
A group of mosquitoes is called a "scourge."
termites

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Which is the name for a group of crows?
an exaltation
a murder
A gathering of crows is called a "murder."
a shiver

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A gathering of which big cat is called an "ambush"?
cheetah
cougar
tiger
A group of tigers is called an "ambush" (or sometimes a "streak").

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Which is NOT a name for a gathering of zebras?
dazzle
wisdom
Zebras gather in "zeals" and in "dazzles," but it's wombats that gather in "wisdoms."
zeal

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A "cauldron" is a gathering of ____.
bats
A group of bats is called a "cauldron."
salamanders
sparrows

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A "risk" is a group of what type of invertebrate?
crabs
lobsters
A group of lobsters is called a "risk."
snails

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A group of oysters is known as a "bed," but so is a group of clams. A group of what else is called a "bed"?
eels
scorpions
snakes
all of these
Groups of eels, scorpions and snakes are also called "beds."

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Which cephalopods are known as an "audience"?
cuttlefish
octopuses
squid
all of the above
A group of squid is called an "audience."

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A "skein" is a wound ball of yarn, and it's also a group of which animals in flight?
herons
hawks
geese
A group of geese in flight is called a "skein."

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A group of ____ is called a "sloth."
bears
A group of bears is called a "sloth."
sloths
squirrels

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True or false: When grouped together, hippopotamuses are called a "bloat."
true
A collection of hippos is called a "bloat."
false

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Often considered a pest, a gathering of these birds is called an "affliction."
crows
pigeon
starlings
A group of starlings is called an "affliction."

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____ gather in colonies.
ants
beavers
frogs
penguins
all of these
While it's pretty well-known that ants group together in ant colonies, beavers, frogs and penguins do, as well.
none of these

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What is a "spot" of leopards is also called?
a cry
a leap
A group of leopards is called a "spot" or "leap."
a pack

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Is it a "float" of alligators and a "congregation" of crocodiles or the other way around?
A "float of alligators and a "congregation" of crocodiles is correct.
A "float" of crocodiles and a "congregation" of alligators is correct.
This is backwards. A "float" of crocodiles and a "congregation" of alligators is correct.
Neither of these is correct.

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When gathered together, which is NOT known as a "troop"?
baboons
buffalo
kangaroos
kangaroos
All of these animals, when in groups, are called "troops."
None of these are called "troops."

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A group of these is known as an "army"?
caterpillars
A group of caterpillars is called an "army."
emus
wolves

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A group of cobras is known as a ____.
slithering
bask
quiver
Cobras are grouped in a quiver.

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