Learn the names of animals that start with P with this extensive list. Below you’ll find a list of 50 animals beginning with the letter P, together with fun facts and a free worksheet to help you learn or teach these animal names.
List Of Animals Starting With P
- Polar Bear
- Praying Mantis
- Poodle (a breed of dog)
- Persian (a breed of cat)
- Peregrine Falcon
- Proboscis Monkey
- Prairie Dog
- Panther Chameleon
- Painted Turtle
- Pointer (a breed of dog)
- Potoo (a type of bird)
- Palm Cockatoo
- Picathartes (a type of bird)
- Pademelon (a small marsupial)
- Potoroo (a small marsupial)
- Puku (a type of antelope)
- Pampas Cat
- Pallas’s Cat
- Palawan Peacock-pheasant
- Pea Aphid
- Pygmy Marmoset
- Pied Tamarin
- Pygmy Hippopotamus
- Pine Marten
- Platypus Frog
- Pickerel Frog
- Parasaurolophus (a dinosaur)
- Pelican Spider
- Pig-nosed Turtle
Animals That Start With P – Fun Facts
Despite living in often freezing conditions, penguins have a body temperature of around 39°C (102.2°F), similar to humans.
Giant Pandas spend around 55% of their life collecting, preparing and eating bamboo!
“Panther” is not a species itself but is the name given to the black variants of big cats like leopards and jaguars.
The skin of a Polar Bear is actually black, which allows them to soak up and retain heat from the sun more effectively.
Pumas, also known as cougars or mountain lions, can leap over 6 meters (20 feet) in distance.
Pythons are non-venomous snakes that kill their prey by constriction.
Only the males are called ‘peacocks’. Females are ‘peahens’ and together, they are ‘peafowl’.
Parrots are one of the most intelligent bird species, with the ability to imitate human speech.
Pigeons can recognize themselves in a mirror, one of the few animal species that can pass this test of self-recognition.
Pigs are actually very clean animals and will keep their toilets far from their living or eating areas.
A porcupine’s quills are just extremely modified hairs coated with thick plates of keratin.
The platypus, a mammal, lays eggs, which makes it a very unusual animal. Plus, males have a venomous spur on their hind foot!
Praying mantises have five eyes – two large compound eyes and three smaller, simpler eyes located between them.
A puffin’s beak (or bill) changes color during the year. In winter, it is dull and grey, and in the spring (breeding season), it becomes brightly colored.
Poodles are ranked as one of the most intelligent dog breeds.
The Persian cat is one of the oldest and most popular cat breeds in the world.
The Peregrine Falcon is the fastest bird – and in fact, the fastest animal on Earth – capable of reaching speeds over 240 mph during its hunting stoop (high-speed dive).
Porpoises are smaller and stouter than dolphins. They also have different shapes of dorsal fins and teeth.
Despite their scary reputation, piranhas are primarily scavengers and most species eat more seeds than meat.
Parakeets, also known as budgerigars or budgies, are among the smallest species of parrots.
The Proboscis Monkey gets its name from its large, fleshy nose, which is particularly prominent in males.
Prairie dogs are not dogs. They’re a type of rodent that got their name from their bark-like call.
Most pheasant species are known for their brilliant plumage and the ability of the males to ‘fan’ their tail feathers.
Prawns have the ability to regenerate lost limbs. They often amputate their own claws to escape danger, knowing they can regrow them later.
The Panther Chameleon is a species of chameleon found in Madagascar that is known for its wide range of color variations.
Parrotfish are named for their dentition, which is distinct from other fish and features beak-like jaws.
The painted turtle is the most widespread native turtle of North America and is known for its vibrant markings.
The Pointer is a breed of hunting dog, named for its ability to point its body straight towards game, allowing the hunter to easily see the direction.
Pangolins, sometimes known as scaly anteaters, are the only mammals entirely covered in scales.
The Potoo is a nocturnal bird that perfectly blends into tree branches during the day.
The Palm Cockatoo is also known as the Goliath Cockatoo and is recognized by its large size and distinctive appearance.
The Picathartes, also known as rockfowl, have no close relatives and represent a lineage that has been separate for about 44 million years.
The Pademelon is a small marsupial from the family Macropodidae, which also includes kangaroos and wallabies.
Pikas do not hibernate in winter, instead they collect a “hay pile” of dried vegetation to consume during the colder months.
Potoroos are small marsupials that resemble kangaroos, but are the size of a rabbit.
The Puku is an antelope found in wet grasslands in southern Democratic Republic of Congo, Namibia, Tanzania, and Zambia.
The Pampas Cat is a small wildcat native to South America, named after the Pampas grasslands region.
Also known as the manul, Pallas’s cats are distinctive for their round pupils, short legs, and flat faces.
The Palawan Peacock-pheasant is a bird of the family Phasianidae. It is endemic to the island of Palawan in the Philippines.
Pea Aphids have the ability to explode themselves when threatened, scattering their sticky bodily fluids onto potential predators.
The Pygmy Marmoset is the smallest monkey in the world, with adults barely larger than a human hand.
The Pied Tamarin is one of the world’s most endangered primates, found only in the Brazilian Amazon.
The Pygmy Hippopotamus is a small species of hippo, native to the swamps and forests of West Africa. They are primarily nocturnal and lead a largely solitary life.
Pine Martens are members of the weasel family and are known for their agile climbing skills and love of the forest canopy.
Platypus Frogs, also known as Budgett’s Frogs, are known for their broad, flat bodies and aggressive nature when disturbed.
Paddlefish are prehistoric fish that have been around for millions of years. They are filter feeders and use their long, paddle-like snouts to help them find plankton in the water.
The Pickerel Frog is the only poisonous frog native to the United States. Its skin secretions can be irritating to human skin and deadly to predators.
Parasaurolophus was a herbivorous dinosaur that lived during the late Cretaceous period. It had a distinctive long crest that curved backward from its skull and was likely used for communication and display purposes.
Pelican Spiders are so named because of their elongated jaws, similar to the beak of a pelican. They are actually a type of assassin spider, known to prey on other spiders.
The Pig-nosed Turtle is the only freshwater turtle with flippers like a sea turtle. It’s also known for its distinctive snout, which looks like a pig’s snout.
Worksheet – Animals That Start With P
Download and print this free worksheet about animals that start with P. To complete the worksheet, you must match the animal name to the correct animal picture.
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