Learn the names of animals that start with H with this extensive list. As well as a list of animals beginning with H, you’ll also find fun facts, a worksheet, and a fun quiz. So, whether you’re teaching or learning these animal names, we’ve got you covered!
Animals That Start With H
- Hamadryas Baboon
- Hammerhead Shark
- Harpy Eagle
- Harvest Mouse
- Heeler (a type of dog)
- Hermit Crab
- Hoary Bat
- Hobo Spider
- Hokkaido (a dog breed)
- Horned Frog
- Horned Lizard
- Horned Owl
- Horned Puffin
- Horseshoe Bat
- Horseshoe Crab
- Huemul (South Andean Deer)
- Humpback Whale
- Hundi (a dog breed)
- Huntsman Spider
- Hairy Nosed Wombat
- Harlequin Shrimp
- Havanese (a dog breed)
- Hazel Dormouse
- Helmeted Guineafowl
- Hercules Beetle
- Highland Cattle
- Himalayan Tahr
- Hooded Seal
- House Sparrow
- House Mouse
Animals That Start With H – Worksheet
This worksheet has a list of animals that start with H, together with pictures. To complete the worksheet, you must match the animal name to the correct animal picture. As always, these worksheet is FREE!
Quiz – Can You Name These Animals Starting With H?
In this quiz, you’ll be asked to identify the animals beginning with H. There are ten rounds, and in each round, you will be shown an animal name and then two animal pictures. Guess the animal correctly before the time runs out. Good luck!
Fun Facts About These Animals Beginning With H
The haddock has a black lateral line (unlike most fish, which have a white lateral line), which helps distinguish it from other types of whitefish.
Hagfish are known as “slime eels” because they produce slime as a defense mechanism when they are threatened.
Hake is a term used to refer to several species of deep-sea fish. Some species of hake have been known to make a drumming sound when they are caught, hence their nickname, “drum fish.”
In ancient Egypt, the Hamadryas Baboon was worshipped as the god of wisdom and the god of the scribes, known as Thoth.
The hammerhead shark has its eyes positioned on the ends of the distinctive hammer shape of its head, which gives it a nearly 360-degree view, allowing it to see creatures above and below it clearly.
Hamsters have large cheek pouches, which they use to carry food back to their burrows. They can even stuff their faces with an amount of food that can be as big as their body!
Hapuku are fish that can live up to 60 years and are known to produce a large number of eggs, up to 2 million in a single spawning.
The Harpy Eagle is one of the largest and most powerful eagles in the world. Its legs and talons are so strong that they can crush the bones of its prey.
The hartebeest, a large African antelope, is one of the fastest antelope species and can run up to 55 miles per hour.
The harvest mouse is the smallest rodent in Europe and can climb almost any plant stem because it has a prehensile tail.
When under threat, the hedgehog can roll itself into a ball to protect itself from predators with its spiky outer skin.
Heeler dogs, such as the Australian Cattle Dog, are known for their unique method of herding cattle by nipping at their heels.
Hermit crabs are not true crabs because they have a soft, unprotected abdomen which they protect by moving into empty shells, swapping them out as they grow.
Herons are long-legged freshwater and coastal birds that have a specialized nerve in their neck that helps them strike quickly and accurately at fish.
Herring communicate with each other using a method known as “farting” communication, where they release bubbles from their swim bladder.
Despite their massive size and short legs, hippopotamuses can run faster than a human on land.
The Hoary Bat is the most widely distributed bat in America and is known to migrate over long distances.
The Hoatzin, a bird from the Amazon, has a unique digestive system that ferments vegetation in a specialized stomach, much like a cow.
Despite its reputation, the bite of a hobo spider is not as dangerous to humans as is often believed.
The Hokkaido is a dog breed from Japan known for its bravery and its ability to withstand cold temperatures.
Hornbills are known for their large, hollow bills, which help amplify their calls.
Horned frogs, also known as “Pac-Man frogs” because of their large mouths, are ambush predators that wait
for prey to pass by before striking.
Horned lizards have a unique defense mechanism: they can squirt blood from their eyes to deter predators.
Horned Owls are named for the tufts of feathers that look like horns or ears on top of their heads.
Horned puffins are excellent swimmers, using their wings to “fly” underwater while using their feet to steer.
Horses have the largest eyes of any land mammal and are capable of seeing nearly 360 degrees at one time.
Female horseflies need to drink blood before they can lay eggs. They have scissor-like mouthparts that cut into skin and then lap up the blood.
The horseshoe bat is named for the complex, horseshoe-shaped nose it has, which helps it to focus its echolocation signals.
Despite their name, horseshoe crabs are not true crabs. They are more closely related to spiders and scorpions.
Hoverflies are often mistaken for bees or wasps because of their black and yellow striped bodies. This mimicry helps protect them from predators.
The Huemul, a type of deer found in the mountains of Argentina and Chile, is featured alongside the condor on the national coat of arms of Chile.
Hummingbirds are the only birds that can fly backward. Their wings can flap up to 80 times per second.
Humpback whales are known for their haunting and melodic songs, which can be heard for miles and last for up to 20 minutes.
The Hundi is a rare dog breed from India, often employed as a guard dog and known for its loyalty and intelligence.
Huntsman spiders are known for their incredible speed and agility, as well as their ability to walk on walls and even ceilings.
Despite their reputation, hyenas are intelligent creatures, with studies showing their problem-solving skills to be better than those of some primates.
The hyrax, a small mammalian herbivore, is one of the elephant’s closest living relatives, despite its small size.
Hairy Nosed Wombat
The Hairy Nosed Wombat has a nose covered with fine hairs, which it uses to locate food.
Harlequin Shrimp feed exclusively on starfish and are known for their bright and beautiful colors.
The Havanese is the national dog of Cuba, known for its small size, long silky hair, and cheerful disposition.
Hawfinches have a large conical bill that can crack cherry stones and olive pits, among the hardest of any plant material.
The Hazel Dormouse is capable of hibernation and can spend up to half the year asleep.
The Helmeted Guineafowl is a type of poultry bird native to Africa that is known for the bony protrusion on its head that resembles a helmet.
The Hercules Beetle is one of the largest flying insects. The male has large horns, which are used to battle other males during the mating season.
Highland cattle, a Scottish breed of rustic cattle, have long horns and long, wavy, wooly coats that are colored black, brindle, red, yellow, or dun.
The Himalayan Tahr, a type of wild goat, has a thick, warm coat to protect it from the harsh Himalayan winters.
Hooded seals are known for the males’ unique inflatable nasal sac, or “hood,” which they inflate to attract a mate or scare off rivals.
The housefly tastes with its feet, which are 10 million times more sensitive to sugar than the human tongue.
House sparrows are highly social birds. They live in colonies called flocks and often build their nests close to each other. This social behavior helps them protect against predators and increases their success in foraging for food.
The house mouse has a remarkable ability to adapt to different environments. It is one of the few species that can live alongside humans in urban areas.
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