An Unkindness of Ravens: Weird Animal Groups Quiz

ANIMALS

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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 ____.

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 group of otters is called a "romp".

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What is a group of ladybugs is called?

When ladybugs get together, it's called a "loveliness".

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Which of the following describes a group of jellyfish?

A group of jellyfish is known as any of these: a "smack," a "bloom" or a "fluther."

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Flamingos live in large flocks. What is a group of them called?

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 group of scorpions is called a "cyclone."

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

A group of monkeys is called a "barrel."

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What do beavers and sardines have in common?

A group of beavers or sardines is known as a "family."

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A "cackle" is a group of ____.

A "cackle" is a group of hyenas.

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An "intrigue" of kittens becomes a ____ of cats.

An "intrigue" of kittens becomes a "pounce," "clowder" or "glaring" of cats.

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A group of rattlesnakes shares the same name as which style of dance?

The rhumba is both the name of a Cuban dance style and a group of rattlesnakes.

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What is a group of cockroaches called?

When cockroaches gather together, it may feel like an invasion, but their group is an "intrusion."

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A "scourge" is a group of which pest?

A group of mosquitoes is called a "scourge."

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Which is the name for a group of crows?

A gathering of crows is called a "murder."

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A gathering of which big cat is called an "ambush"?

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?

Zebras gather in "zeals" and in "dazzles," but it's wombats that gather in "wisdoms."

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A "cauldron" is a gathering of ____.

A group of bats is called a "cauldron."

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A "risk" is a group of what type of invertebrate?

A group of lobsters is called a "risk."

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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"?

Groups of eels, scorpions and snakes are also called "beds."

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Which cephalopods are known as an "audience"?

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?

A group of geese in flight is called a "skein."

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A group of ____ is called a "sloth."

A group of bears is called a "sloth."

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True or false: When grouped together, hippopotamuses are called a "bloat."

A collection of hippos is called a "bloat."

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Often considered a pest, a gathering of these birds is called an "affliction."

A group of starlings is called an "affliction."

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____ gather in colonies.

While it's pretty well-known that ants group together in ant colonies, beavers, frogs and penguins do, as well.

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What is a "spot" of leopards is also called?

A group of leopards is called a "spot" or "leap."

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Is it a "float" of alligators and a "congregation" of crocodiles or the other way around?

This is backwards. A "float" of crocodiles and a "congregation" of alligators is correct.

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When gathered together, which is NOT known as a "troop"?

All of these animals, when in groups, are called "troops."

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A group of these is known as an "army"?

A group of caterpillars is called an "army."

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A group of cobras is known as a ____.

Cobras are grouped in a quiver.

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