Animals are a subject that frequently comes up in everyday conversation, whatever language you’re speaking. If you’re an animal lover, talking about animals in Portuguese is a great way to develop your language skills. This is something you can practice with our tutors, who can set animal-based speaking, listening, reading, and writing tasks tailored to your skill level to promote your learning.
In this post, we’ll go through the names of 100 common animals in Portuguese. If the noun is masculine, it’s marked (m), and if it’s feminine it’s marked (f).
"Camundongo" specifically refers to house mice. Other types of mice are included in the rat family in Portuguese and referred to as ratos.
In general speech, monkeys and apes are not usually differentiated, although you will sometimes hear grande símio or grande macaco for apes in a more technical context.
A curious coincidence: the turkey shares a name with a country in both English and Portuguese, but completely different countries!
Animais de água (m)
Cavalo marinho (m)
Insects, Arachnids, and Reptiles
Insetos (m), aracnídeos (m) e répteis (m)
Térmite (EU) (m) / Cupim (BR) (m)
You can discover the names of more animals in Portuguese, and how to use them in conversation, if you learn with one of our tutors. Whatever your skill level and availability, with our flexible, personalized lesson plans, you’ll be sure to find the right program for you.