Measure Words: Animals

Please Note:  The measure words listed below may have other uses in Mandarin, but this list specifically addresses use with respect to Animals.


条 / 條

Fish and snakes.

头 / 頭

Livestock and domesticated animals (such as cows, mules, pigs, etc.)


Used for groups of animals (such as a heard of sheep, a flock of birds, swarm of bees, etc.)

只 / 隻

Used for animals (such as dogs, cats, birds, elephants, etc.) 

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