Collective Noun for Bats

What Is a Group of Bats Called?

A group of bats is called a colony.
Collective NounUsage
colonya colony of bats
collective noun for bats

colony of bats

What Type of Word is "Colony"?

The word "colony" is a collective noun. A collective noun is a word used to represent a group of people, animals, or things.

"Colony Is" or "Colony Are"?

Writers are often unsure whether to treat a collective noun like "colony" as singular or plural. As a general rule, you should treat a collective noun as singular. However, if the context of your sentence focuses on the individuals within the group, you should treat it as plural. For example:
  • The colony is moving nearer. correct tick
  • The colony are moving in different directions. correct tick
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This page was written by Craig Shrives.