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Updated: October 12, 2022

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Read below to learn about 15 different animals that begin with the letter U, uakari, uguisu, and umbrellabirds. The uakari is a small, red-faced primate that lives in the Amazon region. Both turtles and umbrellabirds are members of the class Aves. Uguisu are found in parts of Asia, while umbrellabirds live in South America. 10hunting.com will be covering more U-named animals soon.


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List of animals starting with U

animals that start with u

Ukari

kingdom
animal world
Door
chordate
class
Mammalia
Order
Primates
family
Apes
belongs to
cocoa fruit
scientific name
cocoa fruit

Fun fact: they have a very short tail for their size!

Uakari Taxonomy and Evolution The Uakari are small monkeys native to the rainforests of South America, where they tend to be found in moist jungles near water. Uakari are known for their bare faces, which usually range in color from pink to deep red. There […] read more


Ulu Cichlids

kingdom
animal world
Door
chordate
class
Actinoptera
Order
Perciformes
family
Cichlids
belongs to
Aru
scientific name
Uaru amphia canthoides

Fun fact: Uaru cichlids change color during spawning season

Uaru cichlids change color during the spawning season. Summary The Uaru cichlid is a freshwater fish native to the upper Orinoco and Amazon basins of South America. This fish is popular for its unique triangular shape and color, which is different from other fish in the cichlid family. Although native to South America, you […] read more


Wuguisu

kingdom
animal world
Door
chordate
class
Aves
Order
Passeriformes
family
Cetaceae
belongs to
Chetia
scientific name
Ditone

Fun fact: their guano is used in face creams!

Classification and evolution The natural range of this rather small bird is found in East Asia. Uguisu can be found in China, Japan, Korea, Manchuria, Philippines and Taiwan. A relative of nightingales, bush tits, and other small songbirds, it is also known as the Japanese nightingale due to its […]


Uinta ground squirrel

kingdom
animal world
Door
chordate
class
Mammalia
Order
rodents
family
Sciuridae
belongs to
urea
scientific name
Grouper
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Fun Fact: The squirrel is named after the Uinta Mountains, part of the Rocky Mountains in Utah and Wyoming.

"Mountain Chowder" This little ground squirrel, also known as chisel or chowder, knows how to dry grass when the sun is shining. For nine months of the year it sleeps in its burrow in one of the four mountains where it lives. When the weather gets too hot, it estivates, that […] read more


Magnolia

kingdom
animal world
Door
chordate
class
Mammalia
Order
dinosaur horn
family
Elm Branch
belongs to
Magnolia

Fun Fact: The Uintatherium was an unusually large and ugly ungulate that lived during the Eocene Epoch

Uintatherium Description and Size Uintatherium was an unusually large and ugly ungulate that lived during the Eocene period, 56 to 34 million years ago. It stood approximately 5.6 feet tall at the shoulder, 13 feet long, and weighed over 4,000 pounds or over 2 tons. It has sturdy legs […] read more


umbrella bird

kingdom
animal world
Door
chordate
class
Aves
Order
Passeriformes
family
Cylindidae
belongs to
Cephaloptera
scientific name
Cephaloptera

Fun Fact: Migrating up and down the mountain!

Umbrellabirds have an umbrella-shaped crest on top of their heads (hence their name) and a tube-like inflatable pouch at their throats. They are the largest perching bird (passerine) in South America, but their numbers are currently in decline due to habitat loss. Taxonomy and evolution Umbrellabirds are a large tropical species […] read more


Unau (Linnaeus' two-toed sloth)

kingdom
animal world
Door
chordate
class
Mammalia
Order
Piloza
family
Podiatry
belongs to
Choloepus
scientific name
Choloepodidae

Fun fact: it has a top speed of 0.17mph

Unau, also known as Linnaeus the two-toed sloth, is considered the slowest mammal in the world. The sloth species is found in South America. It is nocturnal and lives in trees in tropical and subtropical rainforests, where the climate is hot and humid and there are many vines. There is a taupe […] read more


underwing moth

kingdom
animal world
Door
Arthropoda
class
Insecta
Order
Lepidoptera
family
Fulfillment
belongs to
Katokara
scientific name
Katokara

Fun fact: Their colorful tails make predators think they're venomous, but they're not, a deceptive trait.

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Catocala, also known as underwing moth, is a moth with bark-like forewings and very bright underwings. They are common in North America, Asia, and Europe, and are known for their unique camouflage in environments and their ability to keep away from predators by flashing their hind wings. 5 Incredible Facts About Moths Under Wings […] read more


Highland Sandpiper

kingdom
animal world
Door
chordate
class
Aves
Order
Salamanders
family
Centipede
belongs to
Baltramia
scientific name
longtail bass

Fun fact: they make jerky movements as they walk across grass looking for food.

"These shorebirds prefer open, rural habitats with high grass over the usual coastal environment of sandpipers." Summary Highland sandpipers (Bartramia longicauda) are native to North and South in the grass. It spends its days walking among the vegetation, picking up insects, seeds and […] read more


ural owl

kingdom
animal world
Door
chordate
class
Aves
Order
Tridacnales
family
Gang Branch
belongs to
Strix
scientific name
Ulla Straw

Fun Fact: The Ural Owl can rotate its head up to 270 degrees

Ural owls can be found in some of the coldest climates in Eurasia. The nocturnal bird is named after the Ural Mountains, which are often considered the dividing line between Europe and Asia. However, its scope is not limited to the Ural Mountains. The species is actually found throughout northern Eurasia, using its […] read more


Urechis unicinctus (penis fish)

kingdom
animal world
Door
Annelids
class
Polychaetes
Order
Nematode superfamily
family
Turtle Branch
belongs to
Urechis
scientific name
unicorn fish

Fun Fact: Creating "Hotels" for Other Sea Creatures

Penis Fish Summary Urechis unicinctus, also known as the penis fish, is a marine spoonworm found throughout East Asia. It feeds on tiny organic matter and burrows in sand and mud. At times, large numbers of people can be washed ashore and stranded on beaches. They are a popular delicacy in Korea, China, and Japan. […] read more


urea

kingdom
animal world
Door
chordate
class
Mammalia
Order
Artiodactyla
family
Bovine
belongs to
sheep
scientific name
sheep

Fun Fact: Urials are the ancestors of the modern domesticated sheep.

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Urials are wild sheep that originated in Asia. They are a nearly ancient breed of sheep from which domesticated sheep are descended. They are endangered due to predation and human activities such as poaching, grazing, and loss of range and habitat. Fact Lambs and their mothers communicate through scent. They can […] read more


Uromastyx (Stinger-tailed Lizard)

kingdom
animal world
Door
chordate
class
reptile
Order
Squamata
family
Iguana
belongs to
urine mother

Fun Fact: Spiny-tailed lizards spit out salt when they "sneeze"!

Uromastyx lizards are by no means boring, they have many unique characteristics. They have large, pointed tails for protection, and come in different colors and patterns guaranteed to catch anyone's eye. Lizard breeders keen on exotic animals will look for thorntail lizards. Facts that thorntail lizards have nasal glands that remove salt from the salty desert […] read more


Ulutu snake

kingdom
animal world
Door
chordate
class
reptile
Order
Squamata
family
snakes
belongs to
Bothrops
scientific name
long tailed catfish

Fun fact: Female Urutu snakes grow longer and heavier than males of the same species

Urutu snakes are aggressive rattlesnakes whose venomous bite can cause severe tissue damage and even death. The Urutu snake, also known as yarará grande, wutu, and cross pit viper, is native to tropical rainforests and humid regions of Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay, and Uruguay. They are highly venomous vipers of the genus Bothrops, […] read more


Utonagan

kingdom
animal world
Door
chordate
class
Mammalia
Order
carnivora
family
canine
belongs to
Canis
scientific name
lupus

Fun fact:

Utonagans are very affectionate and gentle, making them excellent family pets. The Utonagan is a relatively new dog breed. It was developed in the 1980s by Edwina Harrison, who wanted to create a dog that resembled a wolf but was still as good-natured and sweet as other domestic dogs. Utonagan is a crossbreed […] read more


Animals that begin with the letter u, including uguisu and umbrellabirds

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