Fave collective nouns

An amalgamation of metallurgists
An army of caterpillars
A bale of turtles
A band of men
A barren of mules
A bevy of beauties
A bevy of roebucks
A bloat of hippopotamoi
A bouquet of pheasants
A brood of hens
A building of rooks
A business of ferrets
A cast of hawks
A cete of badgers
A charm of finches
A cloud of theoretical meteorologists
A clowder of cats
A clutch of eggs
A colony of ants
A complex of psychologists
A congregation of plovers
A covey of partridges
A cowardice of curs
A crash of rhinoceroses
A cry of players/actors
A deceit of lapwings
A descent of woodpeckers
A dissimulation of birds
A dray of squirrels
A drift of hogs
A drove of cattle
A dule of doves
An exaggeration of fishermen
An exaltation of larks
A fall of woodchucks
A field of theoretical physicists
A gaggle of gays
A gaggle of geese (on land)
A galaxy of cosmologists
A gam of weasles
A gang of elk
A grid of electrical engineers
A harras of horses
A herd of seals
A host of sparrows
A hover of trout
A husk of hares
An intrigue of council members
A kindle of kittens
A knot of toads
A labour of moles
A languid languish of lesbians
A leap of leopards
A mass of oncologists
A mob of kangaroos
A murder of crows
A murmuration of starlings
A mustering of storks
A nest of rabbits
An ostentation of peacocks
A pace of asses
A paddling of ducks
A parade of elephants
A parliament of owls
A passel of brats
A peep of chickens
A pencil of lines
A pitying of turtledoves
A plague of locusts
A pod of whales
A pride of lions (or a sawt or a sowse)
A radiance of radiographers
A rafter of turkeys
A rag of colts
A richness of martens
A route of wolves
A school of fish
A set of pure mathematicians
A siege of herons
A shoal of bass
A shower of applied meteorologists
A shrewdness of apes
A singular of boars
A skien of geese (airborn)
A skulk of foxes
A slate of candidates
A sloth of bears
A smack of jellyfish
A sounder of swine
A spring of teal
A stack of librarians
A swarm of bees
A tidings of magpies
A trip of goats
An unease of compromises
An unkindness of ravens
A walk of snipe
A watch of nightingales
 

This page was compiled with a lot of help from Kreme's Venereal Terms (www.kreme.com/writing/w1.html), Chris Geer, Mr Fowler (may he rest in peace) and The Bloomsbury Thesaurus. MANY thanks for their contributions to this site!  

For more fun with collective nouns, see also  

The Collective Nouns page www.ojohaven.com/collectives/  

Boids www.red3d.com/cwr/boids/  

Fun with Words: Collective Nouns http://rinkworks.com/words/collective.shtml  

A Collection of Animal Collectives http://trident.mcs.kent.edu/~mscherge/Other/animals.html  

Collective Animal Nouns www.taverners-koans.com/collective.html  

Animal Congregations www.npwrc.usgs.gov/help/faq/animals/names.htm  

The Weird World of Collective Nouns www.avsands.com/Literature/collectivenouns_shw_av.htm    

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