Animal Names Quiz: Is That a Rookery of Penguins?

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Yes, it's true: Penguins can form a rookery. In fact, the animal kingdom is filled with fanciful names for creatures when they gather in groups. Take this quiz to see if you know which animals are in a kindle, which are in bales, or which ones form clews.
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1.Ifyouweretocomeuponagroupofbearswhilecamping,you'dbetremblinginfrontofa___ofbears:
  • Clutch
  • Gathering
  • Sleuth
    Incorrect! Correct Answer: Given that you're about to be mauled by a sleuth of bears, it's probably not as fun for you to learn that they share a name with armchair detectives.
  • Claw
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2.WhichoftheseisNOTanameforagroupofbuffalo?
  • Gang
  • Obstinacy
  • Herd
  • Roam
    Incorrect! Correct Answer: Buffalo groups can be called by any of those names except for a roam. Obstinacy, or being stubborn, is a word that matches up well with the buffalo and its headstrong appearance.
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3.Whichoftheseanimalstravelsinapride?
  • Lions
    Incorrect! Correct Answer: A pride of lions is made up of several related females, their cubs, and a small group of males.
  • Eagles
  • Turtles
  • Peacocks
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4.Agroupofzebrasiscalleda_____:
  • Pack
  • Mob
  • Thicket
  • Zeal
    Incorrect! Correct Answer: A zeal of zebras is usually too busy dodging lions to think about what humans think of their group name.
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5.Thesefiercecreaturesmightbefoundinacongregation:
  • Rattlesnakes
  • Piranhas
  • Alligators
    Incorrect! Correct Answer: Churches and other types of assembled bodies can form a congregation, but so can alligators.
  • Great white sharks
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6.Podsaren'tjustaliensporesdriftingtowardEarthtoreplacehumanity;they'realsothenameforagroupof:
  • Seals
    Incorrect! Correct Answer: It about figures that playful and cute-as-all-giddy-up seals would get pods for their group name, doesn't it? Sometimes a language gets it right.
  • Penguins
  • Meerkats
  • Panda bears
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7.Giraffescantravelina:
  • Set
  • Tower
    Incorrect! Correct Answer: True to their appearance, giraffes can form a tower. They're also better at reaching those high cabinets than we are.
  • Clump
  • Pack
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8.If,onyourmorningwalkinthepark,youspyapiteousness,you'vejustseen:
  • Doves
    Incorrect! Correct Answer: The doves you saw likely enjoy the park as much as you do.
  • Squirrels
  • Deer
  • Ants
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9.Cottonandhayaregroupedintobales.Soare:
  • Wolves
  • Sheep
  • Turtles
    Incorrect! Correct Answer: Never forget the old grade-school maxim about multiple-choice exams: When at a loss for the correct answer, always choose "turtles." OK, so we made that up (everybody knows the answer, when stuck, is always "C"), but in this case it's true: Turtles group in bales.
  • Frogs
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10.Whencrowsdarkentheskyoverhead,callthepolice:You'reawitnesstoa______.
  • Murder
    Incorrect! Correct Answer: It's no surprise that multiple crows, with their ominous features and eerie calls, would be named a murder.
  • Gathering
  • Cluster
  • Haunting
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11.Starlings,meanwhile,canbeseenina:
  • Gang
  • Murmuration
    Incorrect! Correct Answer: This bird with the often metallic sheen gathers in a murmuration.
  • Shuffle
  • Cluster
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12.Parliamentusuallymeansagoverningbody,butitcanalsorefertoagatheringof:
  • Mice
  • Dogs
  • Owls
    Incorrect! Correct Answer: With apologies to human politicians, owls can also be members of a parliament, though they don't vote, as far as we know, and they spend very little time on debate.
  • Cows
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13.Whilemonkeysdon'tmarch(atleastnotonpurpose)theycanforma:
  • Battalion
  • Company
  • Unit
  • Troop
    Incorrect! Correct Answer: If you come across a troop of monkeys, there's really no need to salute.
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14.Somecelebritiestravelwithaposse--anassortmentofclosefriendsandperipheralhangers-on.Whichofthesecanalsoformaposse?
  • Turkeys
    Incorrect! Correct Answer: Posses aren't just for the celebrity set. Turkeys form them too.
  • Meerkats
  • Hyenas
  • Racoons
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15.Aclewof_____mightmakesomepeoplesquirm.
  • Worms
    Incorrect! Correct Answer: Actually, a group of any of those might make a person squirm, but the clew designation belongs to worms.
  • Maggots
  • Snakes
  • Termites
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16.Prairiedogsinagroupmakeupa:
  • Pack
  • Swarm
  • Coterie
    Incorrect! Correct Answer: If you ever see prairie dogs gathering for a town meeting, you're glimpsing a coterie.
  • Commune
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17.Thisfittingwordisatermforagroupofpeacocks:
  • Pomp
  • Bevy
  • Ostentation
    Incorrect! Correct Answer: These undeniably showy -- indeed ostentatious -- birds gather in an ostentation.
  • Celebration
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18.Aswe'veseen,birdsseemtogetsomeofthecoolestgroupnames,likethisoneforlarks:
  • Elation
  • Elevation
  • Ascension
    Incorrect! Correct Answer: Larks have all the fun, especially an ascension of them.
  • Attitude
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19.AKindleisn'tjustane-reader;it'salsoawordfor:
  • Hamsters
  • Kittens
    Incorrect! Correct Answer: They're most often called a litter, but kittens can also be a kindle. Just make sure to turn off your Wi-Fi around them or they'll start shopping.
  • Mice
  • Beavers
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20.Whichlegendaryperformer'slastnameisalsoanameforgroupoftoucans.
  • Jimmy Durante
    Incorrect! Correct Answer: Toucans in a group form a durante. No connection with the legendary musician, actor and comedian Jimmy Durante.
  • Humphrey Bogart
  • Clara Bow
  • John Wayne
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