Animals that Start with U – Listed With Pictures, Facts

Updated: October 12, 2022

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Read below for information on 14 different animals that start with the letter U, the uakari, uguisu, and umbrellabird. The uakari is a small primate with a red face that lives in the Amazon. The uguisu and umbrellabird are both members of the avian class. The Uguisu is located in parts of Asia, while the umbrellabird lives in South America. AZ Animals will be covering many more U name animals soon.


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Alphabetical List of Animals That Start with U

Animals that Start with U

Uakari

Uakari Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Primates
Family
Pitheciidae
Genus
Cacajao
Scientific Name
Cacajao

Fun Fact: Have a very short tail for their size!

Uakari Classification and Evolution The Uakari is a small species of monkey, native to the tropical rainforests of South America, where they tend to be found in moist jungle that is close to water. The Uakari is most well-known for its naked face which most commonly ranges from pink to deep red in colour. There […] Read More


Uguisu

Uguisu Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Passeriformes
Family
Cettiidae
Genus
Cettia
Scientific Name
Cettia diphone

Fun Fact: Their guano is used in face creams!

Uguisu Classification and Evolution The Uguisu is a small species of bird that is natively found throughout Japan, China and Taiwan, along with a number of other regions of the far east. The Uguisu bird is also commonly known as the Japanese Bush-Warbler, as it is named for its beautifully distinctive song. The Uguisu is […] Read More


Uinta Ground Squirrel

Uinta Ground Squirrel Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Rodentia
Family
Sciuridae
Genus
Urocitellus
Scientific Name
Urocitellus armatus

Fun Fact: The squirrel is named after the Uinta Mountains, which are part of the Rocky Mountain range and are found in Utah and Wyoming.


Uintatherium

Uintatherium Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Dinocerata
Family
Uintatheriidae
Genus
Uintatherium

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

Uintatherium Description & Size The Uintatherium was an exceptionally large and exceptionally ugly ungulate that lived during the Eocene epoch, which was between 56 and 34 million years ago. It stood around 5.6 feet high at the shoulder, was 13 feet long, and weighed over 4,000 pounds or over 2 tons. It had sturdy legs […] Read More


Umbrellabird

Umbrellabird Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Passeriformes
Family
Cotingidae
Genus
Cephalopterus
Scientific Name
Cephalopterus

Fun Fact: Migrates up and down the mountains!

Umbrellabird Classification and Evolution The Umbrellabird is a large, tropical species of bird that is found inhabiting the rainforests of Central and South America. There are three different species of Umbrella bird which are the Long-Wattled Umbrellabird, the Amazonian Umbrellabird and the Bare-Necked Umbrellabird all of which live in slightly different areas. All three species […] Read More


Unau (Linnaeus’s Two-Toed Sloth)

Unau (Linnaeus’s Two-Toed Sloth) Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Pilosa
Family
Choloepodidae
Genus
Choloepus
Scientific Name
Choloepodidae didactylus

Fun Fact: Its top speed is 0.17mph

The Unau also called Linnaeus’s two-toed sloth, is thought to be the slowest mammal in the world. The sloth species is found in South America. It is nocturnal and lives in the trees of tropical and subtropical rainforests, where the climate is hot and humid and there are a lot of vines. Having a greyish […] Read More


Underwing Moth

Underwing Moth Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Arthropoda
Class
Insecta
Order
Lepidoptera
Family
Erebidae
Genus
Catocala
Scientific Name
Catocala

Fun Fact: Their colorful rear wing makes predators think that they are poisonous, however they are not it is a deceptive feature.


Upland Sandpiper

Upland Sandpiper Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Charadriiformes
Family
Scolopacidae
Genus
Bartramia
Scientific Name
Bartramia longicauda

Fun Fact: They make jerky movements as they walk through the grass, searching for food.

“These shorebirds prefer open country habitats with tall grasses, compared to the usual sandpiper coastal environments. ” Summary The upland sandpiper (Bartramia longicauda) is native to North and South America, where it lives in open country areas with tall grass to hide. It spends its days walking through the vegetation, picking up insects, seeds, and […] Read More


Ural owl

Ural owl Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Strigiformes
Family
Strigidae
Genus
Strix
Scientific Name
Strix uralensis

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

The Ural owl can be found in some of the coldest climates in Eurasia. This nocturnal bird is named after the Ural Mountains, generally considered to be a dividing line between Europe and Asia. However, its range is not limited to the Ural Mountains. This species is actually found all across northern Eurasia, using its […] Read More


Urechis unicinctus (Penis Fish)

Urechis unicinctus (Penis Fish) Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Annelida
Class
Polychaeta
Order
Echiuroidea
Family
Urechidae
Genus
Urechis
Scientific Name
Urechis unicinctus

Fun Fact: Create “inns” for other sea creatures

Penis Fish Summary Also known as the penis fish, Urechis unicinctus is a species of marine spoonworm found throughout East Asia. It feeds on microscopic organic material and creates burrows in sand and mud. Occasionally, large numbers may wash up and get stranded on beaches. They are a popular delicacy in Korea, China, and Japan.  […] Read More


Urial

Urial Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Artiodactyla
Family
Bovidae
Genus
Ovis
Scientific Name
Ovis vignei

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


Uromastyx (Spiny-Tailed Lizard)

Uromastyx (Spiny-Tailed Lizard) Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Squamata
Family
Agamidae
Genus
Uromastyx

Fun Fact: Spiny-tailed lizards “sneeze” out salt!

Far from boring, Uromastyx lizards have a lot of unique features. They have large, spiky tails with which they protect themselves, as well as different colors and patterns guaranteed to catch anyone’s eye. Lizard keepers keen on exotic animals seek spiny-tailed lizards. Facts Spiny-tailed lizards have nasal glands that remove salt from the salty desert […] Read More


Urutu Snake

Urutu Snake Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Squamata
Family
Serpentes
Genus
Bothrops
Scientific Name
Bothrops alternatus

Fun Fact: The female Urutu snake grows longer and heavier than males of the same species

Urutu snakes are aggressive pit vipers capable of causing severe tissue damage and even death to humans with their venomous bite. Urutu snakes, also called yarará grande, wutu, and crossed pit vipers, are native to rainforests and humid regions of Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay, and Uruguay. They are highly venomous pit vipers in the Bothrops genus, […] Read More


Utonagan

Utonagan Picture
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Mammalia
Order
Carnivora
Family
Canidae
Genus
Canis
Scientific Name
Canis lupus

Fun Fact:

The Utonagan is very affectionate and gentle, which makes them an excellent family pet. Utonagans are a relatively new dog breed. They were developed in the 1980s by Edwina Harrison who was trying to create a dog that resembled a wolf but was still well-tempered and sweet like other domesticated dogs. The Utonagan is a […] Read More


Animals that start with the letter U, including the Uguisu & Umbrellabird
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