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Learn the Names of 100 Animals in Portuguese


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).


Mammals

Mamíferos (m)


Dog

Cachorro (m)


Cat

Gato (m)


Cow

Vaca (f)


Horse

Cavalo (m)


Pig

Porco (m)


Sheep

Ovelha (f)


Goat

Cabra (f)


Donkey

Burro (m)


Rat

Rato (m)


Mouse

Camundongo (m)

"Camundongo" specifically refers to house mice. Other types of mice are included in the rat family in Portuguese and referred to as ratos.


Squirrel

Esquilo (m)


Bat

Morcego (m)


Fox

Raposa (f)


Deer

Veado (m)


Buffalo

Búfalo (m)


Camel

Camelo (m)


Chimpanzee

Chimpanzé (m)


Gazelle

Gazela (f)


Giraffe

Girafa (f)


Gorilla

Gorila (m)


Ox

Boi (m)


Antelope

Antílope (m)


Bear

Urso (m)


Beaver

Castor (m)


Boar

Javali (m)


Hippopotamus

Hipopótamo (m)


Hyena

Hiena (f)


Kangaroo

Canguru (m)


Rhinoceros

Rinoceronte (m)


Porcupine

Porco-espinho (m)


Lion

Leão (m)


Tiger

Tigre (m)


Cheetah

Chita (f)


Leopard

Leopardo (m)


Jaguar

Jaguar (m)


Panther

Pantera (f)


Monkey

Macaco (m)


Ape

Macaco (m)

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.


Birds

Aves (f)


Chicken

Frango (m)


Hen

Galinha (f)


Rooster

Galo (m)


Chick

Pintinho (m)


Duck

Pato (m)


Crow

Corvo (m)


Magpie

Pega (f)


Owl

Coruja (f)


Flamingo

Flamingo (m)


Falcon

Falcão (m)


Hawk

Gavião (m)


Ostrich

Avestruz (m)


Goose

Ganso (m)


Vulture

Abutre (m)


Pigeon

Pombo (m)


Woodpecker

Pica-pau (m)



Sparrow

Pardal (m)


Swan

Cisne (m)


Seagull

Gaivota (f)


Turkey

Peru (m)

A curious coincidence: the turkey shares a name with a country in both English and Portuguese, but completely different countries!


Aquatic Animals

Animais de água (m)


Fish

Peixe (m)


Crab

Caranguejo (m)


Lobster

Lagosta (f)


Oyster

Ostra (f)


Mussel

Mexilhão (m)


Crocodile

Crocodilo (m)


Alligator

Jacaré (m)


Frog

Rã (m)


Toad

Sapo (m)


Eel

Enguia (f)


Seahorse

Cavalo marinho (m)


Octopus

Polvo (m)


Squid

Lula (f)


Jellyfish

Medusa (f)


Shark

Tubarão (m)


Salmon

Salmão (m)


Trout

Truta (f)


Tuna

Atum (m)


Sole

Linguado (m)


Herring

Arenque (m)


Whale

Baleia (f)


Seal

Foca (f)


Insects, Arachnids, and Reptiles

Insetos (m), aracnídeos (m) e répteis (m)


Ant

Formiga (f)


Fly

Mosca (f)


Mosquito

Mosquito (m)


Beetle

Besouro (m)


Cockroach

Barata (f)


Flea

Pulga (f)


Wasp

Vespa (f)


Bee

Abelha (f)


Spider

Aranha (f)


Cricket

Grilo (m)


Lizard

Lagarto (m)


Scorpion

Escorpião (m)


Snake

Cobra (f)


Tortoise

Tartaruga (f)


Termite

Térmite (EU) (m) / Cupim (BR) (m)


Worm

Verme (m)


Leech

Sanguessuga (f)


Beetle

Besouro (m)


Butterfly

Borboleta (f)


Moth

Traça (f)


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