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18 Amazing Types of Animals That End With O

We’ve all heard of animals that begin with the letter o, but have you heard of animals that end with o? This group includes a diverse range of animals from around the world. Some are found in Asia, others in Europe’s mountains, and others are in the ocean. This list even contains the world’s longest-living bird!

So, make sure to read the entire article as we present you with 18 animals that fall into this category.

18 Animals that end with o

1. Flamingo

Flamingo | image by Robert Claypool via Flickr | CC BY 2.0

Scientific Name: Phoenicopterus roseus

Flamingos are pink and white birds found in the wild. They live in large colonies and have long necks that they use to filter food from the water.

Flamingos primarily consume algae, small seeds, and occasionally small animals such as insects and shrimp. This species is found throughout North America.

They can also be found in the Caribbean and on islands off these continents’ coasts. Their pink color comes from foods that contain carotenoids, the same pigment that gives carrots their orange color.

2. Armadillo

Armadillo eating grass
Armadillo eating grass | Image by SCPotter1948 from Pixabay

Scientific Name: Dasypus novemcinctus

Armadillos are a type of mammal found in North and South America. They’re most common in Texas and Florida, but their range extends all the way from Illinois to Argentina.

Armadillos can be found in a variety of habitats, including forests, grasslands, and semi-deserts. For shelter, they dig 5-foot-deep burrows in these habitats. These animals have armor-like plates on their bodies that keep predators like coyotes and foxes at bay.

3. Gecko

House Gecko
House Gecko

Scientific Name: Hemidactylus frenatus

The house gecko is one of the most well-known geckos. They’re small lizards found in warm climates. It’s found all over the world, including Australia, the Philippines, and Southeast Asia.

Since their diet consists primarily of insects such as flies and mosquitoes, they’re also an excellent way to keep insects out of your home. House geckos have setae that allow them to walk along walls and ceilings without falling off. They can also regrow a new tail in less than 30 days.

4. Kakapo

Kakapo | image by Department of Conservation via Flickr | CC BY 2.0

Scientific Name: Strigops habroptilus

The kakapo is a type of parrot that lives on the islands of New Zealand. Its Latin name translates to “owl-face soft-feather” due to its resemblance to owls.

These are nocturnal, flightless birds that live on the ground. They can climb trees with their beaks and claws and the help of their wings for balance. These animals are also the world’s longest-living birds, with a lifespan ranging from 40 to 80 years.

5. Bongo

Bongo foraging
Bongo foraging | image by William Andrus via Flickr | CC BY 2.0

Scientific Name: Tragelaphus eurycerus

Bongos are a rare species of antelope found in Central African rainforests. Males can stand up to 4.3 feet tall at the shoulder and are known for their long horns and large size.

Bongos are distinguished by their chestnut bodies with whitish stripes on the sides. They’re herbivores and can be seen licking minerals because they require salt in their diet.

6. Cero

Cero underwater
Cero underwater | image by marique via iNaturalist | CC BY 4.0

Scientific Name: Scomberomorus regalis

Cero is a type of fish found in the Atlantic Ocean, particularly in the waters of the Caribbean, Bahamas, and Florida. They’re bluish-green in color with silvery-white bellies and can reach a length of 72 inches.

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Ceros are usually solitary, but can be found in schools near reefs and wrecks. During the day, they hunt for smaller fish, cephalopods, and crustaceans.

7. Mosquito

Image by Егор Камелев from PixabayImage by Егор Камелев from Pixabay

Scientific Name: Culex pipiens

Mosquitoes are common insects that can be found in a variety of environments, including wetlands, forests, and grasslands. The female mosquito lays her eggs on the water’s surface.

The larvae that hatch from these eggs feed on aquatic plants and animals. They develop into pupae before becoming adults.

As adults, these small insects have two wings and long antennae. Male mosquitoes don’t bite humans or animals; only females bite because they need blood to produce eggs.

8. Cuckoo

Cuckoo perched on a tree
Cuckoo perched on a tree

Scientific Name: Cuculus canorus

Cuckoos are medium-sized birds with gray or brown feathers. They’re found all over the world, except in the regions of Antarctica. The cuckoo has a distinctive call that repeats every few seconds.

The cuckoo is a migratory bird and spends their winter months in Central Africa. It lives in forests, meadows, scrublands, and lowlands. Unlike the eggs of other birds, theirs can be blue, green, or gray in color.

9. Dingo

Dingo | Image by Jacqueline Wales from Pixabay

Scientific Name: Canis lupus dingo

The dingo is a wild dog native to Australia. They’re usually tan or golden in color, with white feet.

These dogs live in “packs,” which are family groups made up of an alpha male, a few females, and their pups. They also communicate by howling, much like wolves.

These animals hunt either alone or in groups, stalking their prey until they’re close enough to attack. They eat a variety of mammals, including pigs, birds, lizards, and even kangaroos.

10. Bonobo

Bonobo sitting on rock
Bonobo sitting on rock | image by Ryan Poplin via Flickr | CC BY-SA 2.0

Scientific Name: Pan paniscus

The bonobo is a great ape that lives in tropical forests throughout Africa’s Congo Basin. Just like common chimpanzees, they also share 98% of their DNA with humans. They’re omnivorous, eating mostly fruits, leaves, flowers, and seeds.

When fully grown, this animal has a slender body with long legs and arms and stands about 4 feet tall. Their average lifespan is about 20 years, but some have lived in captivity for more than 50 years.

11. Merino

Merino in the wildpark
Merino in the wildpark | image by Andreas Rockstein via Flickr | CC BY-SA 2.0

Scientific Name: Ovis aries

Merino sheep are a sheep breed that originated in Spain and were bred for their wool. This breed’s wool is known for being extremely warm without being heavy or bulky, making it ideal for winter wear.

These sheep live at high elevations on grasslands and shrublands in Australia, New Zealand, Argentina, and Uruguay. They’re white in color and have horns that curve backward over their heads.

12. Carabao

Water buffalo grazing
Water buffalo grazing | image by David Merrett via Flickr | CC BY 2.0

Scientific Name: Bubalus bubalis

Carabao is a type of water buffalo found in Southeast Asia, specifically the Philippines and Guam. They’re found in swamps, rivers, and lakes.

These animals have long horns that curve behind their ears and are covered with hair on the bottom half of the horn. The horns can also reach a length of 1.5 feet. Carabaos are herbivores and feed on reeds, sedges, and water hyacinths.

13. Kangaroo


Scientific Name: Osphranter rufus

The kangaroo is a marsupial that’s native to Australia. Kangaroos are distinct not only in appearance, but also in lifestyle and behavior. Their habitat and range are limited to Australia and New Guinea, but they’re found in a wide variety of habitats within those regions.

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Kangaroos are marsupials, which means they carry their young in an external pouch on their abdomen. Their diet consists primarily of grasses, flowers, moss, and fruits.

14. Guacharo

Oilbird perched on a branch
Oilbird perched on a branch | image by Dominic Sherony via Flickr | CC BY-SA 2.0

Scientific Name: Steatornis caripensis

Guacharo is a species of bird found in South America. It’s also known as the oilbird and can be found from the lowlands to the subtropical zone of the Andes. They’re nocturnal birds that live in caves near densely forested areas.

These birds are known as guacharo because they’re extremely vocal, producing a wide range of sounds such as screams, snarls, and snoring. They eat mostly fruits and prefer fatty wax palm and avocado fruits.

15. Potto

Potto in the zoo
Potto in the zoo | image by Ltshears via Wikimedia Commons | CC BY 3.0

Scientific Name: Perodicticus potto

Potto is a nocturnal, arboreal primate that lives in the rainforests of western Africa. It has black fur with white undersides and a toothcomb in its mouth. Potto moves slowly but gracefully from tree to tree, hunting and feeding on insects and tree gums.

These primates are active at night and sleep on the leaves of trees during the day.

16. Mako

Mako underwater
Mako underwater | image by Mark Conlin via Wikimedia Commons

Scientific Name: Isurus oxyrinchus

Mako sharks are a type of mackerel shark that can be found all over the world in temperate and tropical waters. Their long, pointed snouts and muscular tails allow them to swim quickly in the ocean.

Their diet consists primarily of fast-moving fish such as tuna and swordfish, but they’ll also consume squids and other sharks. Makos are extremely fast swimmers and the world’s fastest recorded shark, reaching speeds of up to 46 miles per hour.

17. Tamaraw

Tamaraw bull in the grass field
Tamaraw bull in the grass field | image by Gregg Yan via Wikimedia Commons | CC BY-SA 3.0

Scientific Name: Bubalus mindorensis

Tamarow is a type of wild water buffalo native to the Philippines. It’s found on Mindoro island in freshwater swamps and forested areas.

They resemble carabaos in many ways, but the tamaraw is much hairier and has a V-shaped horn. These buffalos are also black in color and can grow up to 7 feet in height.  Tamaraws feed on cogon grass, sugarcane, and bamboo shoots.

18. Cockatoo

Umbrella cockatoo perched on a branch
Umbrella cockatoo perched on a branch | image by Juan Tello via Flickr | CC BY 2.0

Scientific Name: Cacatua alba

The white cockatoo is one of the world’s most beautiful and well-known parrots. It’s native to Indonesia, but it’s widely kept as a pet all over the world.

These birds can survive on their own, but they can also be found in groups of up to 15 individuals in the wild. They’re also monogamous, with only one partner for the rest of their lives.

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