What’s the Collective Noun for Pelicans?

A single pelican is called…….


a pelican, of course.

A group of pelicans is called…….



Notice the cormorant to the right in the last photo. I think he’s hilarious. I guess he figures that if the pelicans find fish, he will too.

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All Images: Hannah Keene 2019.

*A pod is the most commonly referenced collective noun. Do you know of any others? Respond in the comment section for bonus Saturday points!

And have a Happy Six Word Saturday.

25 thoughts on “What’s the Collective Noun for Pelicans?”

      1. Ah – there isn’t but that is probably due to another interesting fact: White Pelicans fish like ducks – ducking down in the water to catch fish. But brown pelicans fly, glide, and then drop like a stone in a dive to catch fish. Stay tuned for amazing photos………. 🙂

  1. That cormorant looks like a subversive (sic) submarine in the wake of the pod or squadron (as a German speaker, I am fascinated with English collective nouns).

    1. He does – I hadn’t looked at him that way. Yes – German just keeps adding on clarifying descriptive words to the base word. Drove me crazy in trying to learn German for singing lieder. But very accurate. 😉 Do you know one of the collective nouns for peacocks? It’s “an ostentation of peacocks,” which is amazingly appropriate.

      1. “A pride of peacocks” is definitely more common, and certainly fits. But there is just something about “ostentation” that is perfect. I’ve had the chance to observe many, many peacocks. They are really quite stupid animals, (thus the term ‘pea brain’) but strut around as if they are the most important being in the world. Ostentation just seems to fit. They are, however, beautiful.

  2. Do you have the book? I often use the collective nouns on my Portuguese blog, and they are so brilliant. Not come across a pod of pelicans yet though!

    1. I used to have the book, but I don’t know if it survived the move. If not, I’ll have to order it again. It’s called “An Exultation of Larks,” which of course is the collective noun for larks. 🙂

  3. YES! Another bonus point. 😀 Personally I like a Pod of Pelicans because of the alliteration, with squadron my second favorite. But scoop is one other. The next common collective noun is a reference to the unique bottom of a pelican’s bill………..?

    1. Yes. I think a “colony of penguins” is the most common, but I also like “a tuxedo of penguins.” It doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue, but it is certainly descriptive!

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