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Animal Names That Start With N

A list of some of the animals whose names begin with the letter N, including: the nene, narwhal, nicator, nutria, and nautilus.

Many animals have names that start with the letter N, and they vary in shape, size, and color. Examples of animals that have names starting with the letter N include; Nabarlek, Napu, Narwhal, Neddicky, and Nene among many others.

Animal Names That Start With N


A nabarlek is a small creature native to northern Australia. It is in the family of rock-wallaby. The Nabarlek is also referred to as pygmy rock-wallaby. It has a dull-red fur with grey and black spots. Its fur is short and silky. The average body length of a Nabarlek is between 12 and 14 inches, and its average weight is between 2.6 and 3.5 pounds. The Nabarlek lives in caves, cliffs, and gorges. Nabarlek stays in hiding during the day and only comes out at night. It is herbivore that feeds on ferns, grasses, and sedges in the forests and grasslands.


The napu is an animal found in the Indonesian Islands, Malaysia, Thailand, and in some parts of Myanmar. It is also known as the greater mouse-deer. The creature has an average body length of 27.5-29.5 inches, and weighs 11-17 pounds on average. A napu’s head is small and triangular in shape. It has a tiny pointed nose and big eyes. Its fur is grey and orange on the upper side and white underneath. Although the napu lives on land, it likes to spend time in wet and swampy areas. The animal has nocturnal tendencies. The napu eats wild fruits, grasses, shrubs, marine plants, and leaves.


A narwhal is a type of whale whose canine tooth protrudes from its mouth to form a tusk. The animal lives in the Arctic region throughout the year. The narwhal is a mid-sized whale whose average body length ranges from 13 feet to 18 feet. The animal’s weight varies between 1760 and 3520 pounds. It uses its tusk as a sensory organ and for communication with other narwhals in the seawater environment. The narwhal feeds on Arctic creatures such as cuttlefish, squid, shrimp, and the Greenland halibut. Narwhals have a habit of congregating in groups of five to ten animals or even larger groups of up to 500 narwhals in the summer.


A neddicky is a bird found in most African countries such as Rwanda, Tanzania, Gabon, and South Africa. The bird lives in open plantations, woodlands, and in savannahs. It has a dull brown color with brown eyes and a short bill. The bird makes its nest out of dry grass from the woodlands. The neddicky feeds on tiny insects found in the bushes and beneath trees.


The Nene is a colorful bird native to the Hawaiian Islands. It is also referred to as the Hawaiian goose. It is a mid-sized goose that stands at the height of 16 inches. It generally weighs between 3.3 and 5.5 pounds. It has a black face while the body is brown and gray. It is mainly found in plains, grasslands, and shrublands. The bird has relatively long legs that enable it to run in rough terrain. The Nene is able to fly, and feeds on wild berries, flowers, seeds, fruits, and leaves.

Source Of Animal Names

Animals often get their names from the residents of the areas they live. The names reflect aspects of the animals or the culture of the place they are found. Scientists use different techniques to name animals. As a result, animals have boyh scientific names and local names.

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About the Author

Benjamin Elisha Sawe holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Statistics and an MBA in Strategic Management. He is a frequent World Atlas contributor. 


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