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Animals That Start With U: Over 130 Animals, Photos

We’ve compiled an ultimate list of more than 130 animals that start with U! Our list uses only common names because scientific names are impossible to pronounce and probably not what you’re looking for.

We’ve also only included wild animals (no domestic animals or pet breeds). This list focuses on vertebrates (mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, & fish) but includes a couple invertebrate animals at the end, like the Urchin!

Animals That Start With U: Urchin

But first, how many animals beginning with u can you come up with? Go get some paper and a pen and try and make your own list first. We did the same (well, we had some help as we have a bunch of books over here but guess how many animals we got on our list?

How Many Animals That Start With U are on our list?

31 Mammals
36 Birds
4 Reptiles
6 Amphibians
54 Fish
6 Invertebrates
= 137  Animals That Start With the Letter U!

If you want more information about any of these animals that start with u, you can highlight a name in the list and then right click it in your browser. Choose “Search with Google” and check the results. Some of my favorite information sources are the IUCN Redlist, Arkive, Fishbase, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Encyclopedia of Life, & One Zoom.


Here’s a short list of my favorites animals beginning with u to get you started

  1. Uakari (a monkey)
  2. Unau (a sloth)
  3. Urial (a wild sheep)
  4. Urchin (a spiny marine creature)
  5. Umbrellabird (a bird with a large crest)
  6. Unicornfish (a fish with a long nose)
  7. Uromastyx (a spiny lizard)
  8. Uguisu (a Japanese nightingale)

Urchins are some of my favorite animals that start with U!


Mammals: 31 Animals That Start With U

Animals that start with U: Uinta Chipmunk
Animals That Start With U: Uinta Chipmunk
  1. Uakari (monkey)
  2. Unau (sloth)
  3. Urial (sheep)
  4. Ucayali spiny mouse
  5. Uganda Kob
  6. Uganda large-toothed shrew
  7. Ugandan shrew
  8. Uinta chipmunk
  9. Uinta ground squirrel
  10. Ultimate shrew
  11. Umboi tube-nosed fruit bat
  12. Unadorned rock wallaby
  13. Unalaska collared lemming
  14. Underwood’s bonneted bat
  15. Underwood’s long-tongued bat
  16. Underwood’s pocket gopher
  17. Underwood’s water mouse
  18. Unexpected cotton rat
  19. Ungava collared lemming
  20. Unicolored arboreal rice rat
  21. Unicolored oldfield mouse
  22. Unicolored tree rat
  23. Unstriped ground squirrel
  24. Unstriped tube-nosed bat
  25. Ural field mouse
  26. Urartsk mouse-like hamster
  27. Usambara shrew
  28. Ussuri shrew
  29. Ussuri shrew
  30. Ussuri tube-nosed bat
  31. Utah prairie dog

Birds: 36 Animals That Start With U

Animals That Start With U, Upland Goose
Animals That Start With U: Upland Goose
  1. Uguisu
  2. Umbrellabird
  3. Udzungwa Partridge
  4. Uganda Woodland Warbler
  5. Ultramarine Flycatcher
  6. Ultramarine Grosbeak
  7. Ultramarine Kingfisher
  8. Ultramarine Lory
  9. Uluguru Violet-backed Sunbird
  10. Unadorned Flycatcher
  11. Undulated Antpitta
  12. Undulated Antshrike
  13. Undulated Tinamou
  14. Unicolored Jay
  15. Unicoloured Antwren
  16. Unicoloured Blackbird
  17. Unicoloured Tapaculo
  18. Unicoloured Thrush
  19. Uniform Antshrike
  20. Uniform Crake
  21. Uniform Finch
  22. Uniform Treehunter
  23. Unspotted Saw-whet Owl
  24. Unstreaked Tit-Tyrant
  25. Upcher’s Warbler
  26. Upland Antshrike
  27. Upland Buzzard
  28. Upland Goose
  29. Upland Pipit
  30. Upland Sandpiper
  31. Ural Owl
  32. Urich’s Tyrannulet
  33. Ursula’s Sunbird
  34. Usambara Akalat
  35. Usambara Weaver
  36. Ussher’s Flycatcher

Reptiles: 4 Animals That Start With U

  1. Uromastyx
  2. Upemba mud turtle
  3. Uribe’s False Cat-eyed Snake
  4. Uzzell’s Lizard

Amphibians: 6 Animals That Start With U

  1. Uganda clawed frog
  2. Uluguru Blue-bellied Frog
  3. Umar Treefrog
  4. Upland Chorus Frog
  5. Usambara Blue-bellied Frog
  6. Usambara torrent frog

Fish: 55 Animals That Start With U

  1. Unicornfish
  2. Uaru Cichlid
  3. U-mark sandperch
  4. U-spot wrasse
  5. Uganda nothobranch
  6. Ukrainian brook lamprey
  7. Ulrey’s tetra
  8. Umatilla dace
  9. Umbee Cichlid
  10. Umbrella cichlid
  11. Umbrella conger
  12. Umpqua chub
  13. Umpqua dace
  14. Umpqua squawfish
  15. Unarmed dwarf monocle bream
  16. Unarmored threespine stickleback
  17. Uncinate sculpin
  18. Uncombed blenny
  19. Underjaw kingfish
  20. Undistinguished sabretooth
  21. Undulate painted ray
  22. Undulated moray
  23. Ungusurculus collettei
  24. Unicolor moray
  25. Unicorn crestfish
  26. Unicorn icefish
  27. Unicorn leatherjacket
  28. Unicorn sole
  29. Union snook
  30. United-lip Gudgeon
  31. Upjaw barb
  32. Upland bully
  33. Upper Grijalva livebearer
  34. Upper Zambesi labeo
  35. Upper Zambesi squeaker
  36. Upper Zambezi nembwe
  37. Upper Zambezi yellowfish
  38. Upside-down goby
  39. Upside-down harptail blenny
  40. Upsidedown catfish
  41. Upturned snout rattail
  42. Urchin clingfish
  43. Uruguay river sprat
  44. Uruguay tetra
  45. Uruguayan eartheater
  46. Usamacinta buffalo
  47. Usangu lampeye
  48. Ussuri catfish
  49. Ussuri sharpbelly
  50. Usumacinta cichlid
  51. Usumacinta sea catfish
  52. Utah chub
  53. Utah Lake sculpin
  54. Utah sucker

Invertebrates: 6 Animals That Start With U

animals that start with u, urchin
Animals That Start With U: Urchin
  1. Urchin
  2. Ulysses Butterfly
  3. Underwing moth
  4. Uncas Skipper
  5. Unlined Giant Chafer Beetle
  6. Uliodon (genus of spiders)

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Hal Brindley

Brindley is an American conservation biologist, wildlife photographer, filmmaker, writer, and illustrator living in Asheville, NC. He studied black-footed cats in Namibia for his master’s research, has traveled to all seven continents, and loves native plant gardening. See more of his work at Travel for Wildlife, Truly Wild, Our Wild Yard, & Naturalist Studio.

David Rosoff

Tuesday 6th of April 2021

1 mistake. You have "Urchin clingfish" at fish #42 & # 43. So 54 fish & 137 animals in total.

Hal Brindley

Tuesday 6th of April 2021



Friday 17th of April 2020

Nobody expects the Unexpected Cotton Rat! Hope his show & tell was a big hit!


Tuesday 4th of February 2020

Same here! My 5 year old needs to do show and tell on the letter U. He wants an animal. So we will do the unexpected cotton rat!!! Lol. Thank you!

Chris Job

Sunday 11th of August 2019

It’s a small world, I had to find animals beginning with U for my daughter and find a website run by a BMXer from the 90s. You won’t remember this but I had a Wendy’s with you and Brad McDonald after the 2hip contest at the airbase in Novato(?) the day after the Sacramento street 2hip...

Hal Brindley

Sunday 11th of August 2019

Hey Chris! That's pretty funny. Nope I barely remember that contest but I am flattered that you do. Small world indeed! I'm glad I could help your daughter out with some animals that start with U! Woo hoo!

Wendy Clements

Tuesday 2nd of October 2018

I love the Unexpected Cotton Rat. That one made me laugh. Because no one expects the Unexpected Cotton Rat.