280 Animals That Start With B

By Kevin Myers | 2023 Update

Trying to increase your knowledge about animals but can’t figure out where to start? We have compiled a comprehensive list of fascinating animals whose names begin with B, which includes mind-boggling facts, scientific names, and locations. We hope you find some of your favorite animals in this list and also learn something new. Let’s dive in…

Animals That Start With B

1. Bear

The scientific name of the bear is Ursus. They can be as small as the sun bear, which is 4 ft long and weighs about 60 lbs, or as big as the polar bear, which is 8 ft long and weighs more than 1000 lbs. They can be found in Asia, Europe, South America, and North America.

Fun fact: There’s a common myth that they’re awful at catching up to someone running downhill. Unfortunately, bears can outrun any human up and down any hill.

2. Bat

Bats (Chiroptera) are the only mammals capable of flight. Instead of arms or hands, they have wings. Their wings have a bone structure similar to that of a human hand. Bats can be found on nearly every part of the planet except extreme deserts and polar regions.

Fun fact: Bats can live more than 30 years and fly at speeds of 60 mph (or more!).

3. Bee

Like all insects, the body of a Bee (Anthophila) is divided into three parts. A head with two antennae, a chest with six legs, and a belly. Only female bees have stingers (modified egg-laying organs, the organs originally used to lay eggs). Bees prefer to live in gardens, woodlands, orchards, meadows, and other areas where flowering plants are abundant. Honeybees sleep between 5 to 8 hours a day. 

Fun fact: Honeybees can actually die if they sting someone.

4. Black Swift

Black Swift (Cypseloides niger) are birds that are dark brown in color, but often look black in the sky. Their wings are long and narrow, and their tail is slightly forked. Swifts have a piercing, screaming call, but they aren’t noisy at the nest. Ruins, ancient monuments, cliffs, and quarries all provide nest places for Swifts and their density at such places is high.

Fun Fact:  Scientists have found that the Swifts can stay in the air for 10 months straight.

5. Black Hairstreak

Black Hairstreak (Satyrium pruni) is the most elusive of its kind. It is found only in Blackthorn thickets in the heavy clay forests between Oxford and Peterborough in the East Midlands of England. The underside of the wings is brown with a red border, a row of black dots, and a white streak while the tail is small.

Fun fact: Black Hairstreak Butterflies taste with their feet.

6. Asian Buffalo

The Asian buffalo (Bubalus bubalis) was domesticated around the same time in history as cattle for draught power, milk, and meat. The domestic buffalo is also known as the ‘water buffalo’ because of its fondness for cooling itself in water. Buffaloes are usually found in southern and eastern Africa.

Fun fact: Buffaloes are one of the few courageous animals known to kill lions.

7. Badger

Badgers (Meles meles) are small mammals with flat, wedge-shaped bodies, broad feet,  long claws, and coarse hair that can be black, brown, gold, or white. Badgers are found in much of North America, Great Britain, Ireland, and most of the rest of Europe as far north as southern Scandinavia.

Fun act: Badgers don’t bring food into their setts because they like to keep it clean.

8. Boar

Wild boars (Sus scrofa) have bulky, powerful bodies with a double layer of grey-brown fur – the top layer is harsh, bristly hair but the underlayer is much softer. Mature males have tusks that come through the mouth. The wild boar is native to forests ranging from western and northern Europe and North Africa to India, the Andaman Islands, and China.

Fun fact: Wild boars are nocturnal animals (active during the night).

9. Bobcat

The bobcat (Lynx rufus) is a stout-bodied, medium-sized feline with a short, “bobbed” tail, prominent cheek ruffs, and tufts of black hair on its pointed ears. Bobcats are often found throughout Southern Canada, the United States, and Oaxaca, Mexico.

Fun fact: Bobcats can communicate via scent, visual signs, and vocalization.

10. Bonobo

Bonobos (Pan paniscus) are usually a bit smaller, leaner, and darker than chimpanzees. Their groups tend to be more peaceful and are led by females. Wild bonobos can only be found in forests south of the Congo River in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Fun fact: Bonobos make their own medicines!

11. Bison

Bison (Bison) is a large hairy animal with a large head that is a member of the cattle family. American bison like open plains, savannas, and grasslands. Today, bison are only found in national parks, state parks, and reserves. Your best chance of seeing wild bison is to visit Yellowstone National Park or Wood Buffalo National Park in Canada.

Fun fact: Buffalo are reported to kill more hunters in Africa than any other animal.

12. Baladi Rabbit

The Baladi rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus Baladi) comes in three coat colors: black, red, or white. These rabbits weigh approximately 2.7 kg. Their head is convex, ears are erect, feet and legs are medium in length, and their tails are short and straight. The Baladi rabbit is mostly found in Egypt.

Fun fact: They can live for up to 12 years.

13. Bushbaby

Bushbaby (Galagidae) are gray, brown, or reddish to yellowish brown, with large eyes and ears, long hind legs, soft woolly fur, and long tails. They are also called galago. These small primates are found throughout East Africa as well as in woodlands and bushlands in sub-Saharan Africa.

Fun fact: Galagos have large eyes that give them good night vision and are nocturnal.

14. Butterflyfish

Butterflyfish (Chaetodontidae) are deep-bodied and thin from side to side, with a single dorsal fin and a small mouth with tiny bristlelike teeth. Butterflyfishes are found among tropical reefs around the world but are concentrated in the Indo-Pacific oceanic region.

Fun fact: There are at least 114 species of Butterflyfish.

15. Blue Whale

Blue whales (Balaenoptera musculus) have long bodies and a generally slender shape. Their mottled blue-gray color appears light blue underwater. Antarctic blue whales are generally larger than other blue whale subspecies. Blue whales are found in all oceans except the Arctic.

Fun fact: They can weigh as much as 30 Elephants and are more than 100 ft long

16. Black Panther

Black Panther (Panthera Pardus/Onca.) comes from the big cat family. They have strong and flexible bodies and long tails which give them good balance. Black Panthers are powerful hunters with sharp teeth and claws that prey on raccoons, deer, and wild hogs. They live chiefly in the hot, dense tropical rainforests of South and Southeast Asia.

Don’t be intimidated by their frightening appearance. Look at this adorable video of a Rottweiler and Black Panther being absolute pals!

Here’s a full list of all animals that start with B:

  • Babirusa
  • Baboon
  • Bactrian Camel
  • Badger
  • Bagworm Moth
  • Bagworm Moth Caterpillar
  • Baiji
  • Baird’s Rat Snake
  • Bald Eagle
  • Baleen Whale
  • Balinese
  • Balkan Lynx
  • Ball Python
  • Bamboo Shark
  • Bamboo Worms
  • Banana Ball Python
  • Banana Cinnamon Ball Python
  • Banana Eel
  • Banana Spider
  • Banded Krait
  • Banded Palm Civet
  • Banded Water Snake
  • Bandicoot
  • Banjo Catfish
  • Barb
  • Barbet
  • Barbut’s Cuckoo Bumblebee
  • Barinasuchus
  • Bark Beetle
  • Bark Scorpion
  • Barn Owl
  • Barn Spider
  • Barn Swallow
  • Barnacle
  • Barnevelder
  • Barosaurus
  • Barracuda
  • Barramundi Fish
  • Barred Owl
  • Barreleye Fish (Barrel Eye)
  • Barylambda
  • Basenji Dog
  • Basenji Mix
  • Basilisk Lizard
  • Basilosaurus
  • Basking Shark
  • Bass
  • Bassador
  • Basset Fauve de Bretagne
  • Basset Hound
  • Basset Hound Mix
  • Bassetoodle
  • Bat
  • Bat-Eared Fox
  • Batfish
  • Bavarian Mountain Hound
  • Baya
  • Bea-Tzu
  • Beabull
  • Beagador
  • Beagle
  • Beagle Mix
  • Beagle Shepherd
  • Beaglier
  • Beago
  • Bear
  • Bearded Collie
  • Bearded Dragon
  • Bearded Fireworm
  • Bearded Vulture
  • Beaski
  • Beauceron
  • Beauty rat snake
  • Beaver
  • Bed Bugs
  • Bedlington Terrier
  • Bee
  • Bee-Eater
  • Beefalo
  • Beetle
  • Beewolf wasp
  • Belgian Canary
  • Belgian Laekenois
  • Belgian Malinois
  • Belgian Malinois Mix
  • Belgian Sheepdog
  • Belgian Shepherd
  • Belgian Tervuren
  • Belted Kingfisher
  • Beluga Sturgeon
  • Beluga Sturgeon
  • Bengal Tiger
  • Bergamasco
  • Berger Blanc Suisse
  • Berger Picard
  • Bernedoodle
  • Bernese Mountain Dog
  • Bernese Mountain Dog Mix
  • Bernese Shepherd
  • Betta Fish (Siamese Fighting Fish)
  • Bhutan Takin
  • Bichir
  • Bichon Frise
  • Bichpoo
  • Biewer Terrier
  • Bigfin Reef Squid 
  • Bighorn Sheep
  • Bilby
  • Binturong
  • Bird
  • Bird Of Paradise
  • Bird Snake
  • Birman
  • Biscuit Beetle
  • Bismarck Ringed Python
  • Bison
  • Black And Tan Coonhound
  • Black and White Warbler
  • Black Aphids
  • Black Bass
  • Black Crappie
  • Black Dragon Lizard
  • Black German Shepherd
  • Black Mamba
  • Black Marlin
  • Black Mouth Cur
  • Black Pastel Ball Python
  • Black Rat Snake
  • Black Rhinoceros
  • Black Russian Terrier
  • Black Sea Bass
  • Black Swallowtail
  • Black Swallowtail Caterpillar
  • Black Tarantula
  • Black Throat Monitor
  • Black Wasp
  • Black Widow Spider
  • Black Witch Moth
  • Black-Bellied Whistling Duck
  • Black-Capped Chickadee
  • Black-Footed Ferret
  • Black-headed python
  • Blackburnian Warbler
  • Blackfin Tuna
  • Blacknose Shark
  • Blackpoll Warbler
  • Blacktip Reef Shark
  • Blacktip Shark 
  • Bladefin Basslet
  • Blanket Octopus
  • Blind Snake
  • Blister Beetle
  • Blister Beetle
  • Blobfish
  • Blood Python
  • Bloodhound
  • Blowfly
  • Blue Belly Lizard
  • Blue Catfish
  • Blue Death Feigning Beetle
  • Blue Dragon Sea Slug
  • Blue Eyed Pleco
  • Blue German Shepherd
  • Blue Gray Gnatcatcher
  • Blue grosbeak
  • Blue Iguana
  • Blue Jay
  • Blue Lacy Dog
  • Blue Nose Pit Bull
  • Blue Picardy Spaniel
  • Blue Racer
  • Blue Shark
  • Blue Tanager (Blue-Grey Tanager)
  • Blue Tang
  • Blue Tit
  • Blue Whale
  • Blue-Ringed Octopus
  • Bluefin Tuna
  • Bluefish
  • Bluegill
  • Bluetick Coonhound
  • Boas
  • Bobcat
  • Bobolink
  • Boelen’s python
  • Boer Goat
  • Boerboel
  • Boggle
  • Boglen Terrier
  • Boiga
  • Bolivian Anaconda
  • Bolognese Dog
  • Bombardier Beetle
  • Bombay
  • Bonefish
  • Bongo
  • Bonito Fish
  • Bonnethead Shark
  • Bonobo
  • Booby
  • Boomslang
  • Borador
  • Border Collie
  • Border Collie Mix
  • Border Terrier
  • Bordoodle
  • Borkie
  • Bornean Orangutan
  • Borneo Elephant
  • Boskimo
  • Boston Terrier
  • Bottlenose Dolphin
  • Bouvier Des Flandres
  • Bowfin
  • Bowhead Whale
  • Box Jellyfish
  • Box Tree Moth
  • Box Turtle
  • Box-Headed Blood Bee
  • Boxachi
  • Boxador
  • Boxer Dog
  • Boxer Mix
  • Boxerdoodle
  • Boxfish
  • Boxsky
  • Boxweiler
  • Boykin Spaniel
  • Bracco Italiano
  • Brachiosaurus
  • Brahma Chicken
  • Brahminy Blindsnake
  • Braque du Bourbonnais
  • Braque Francais
  • Brazilian Black Tarantula
  • Brazilian Terrier
  • Brazilian Treehopper
  • Bredl’s Python
  • Briard
  • British Timber
  • Brittany
  • Brontosaurus
  • Bronze Whaler Shark
  • Bronze-winged Jacana
  • Brook Trout
  • Brookesia Micra
  • Brown Bear
  • Brown Dog Tick
  • Brown Headed Cowbird
  • Brown Hyena
  • Brown Snake
  • Brown Tree Snake
  • Brown Water Snake
  • Brown-banded Cockroach
  • Brug
  • Brussels Griffon
  • Budgerigar
  • Buff Orpington Chicken
  • Buffalo
  • Buffalo Fish
  • Bull and Terrier
  • Bull Shark
  • Bull Terrier
  • Bull Trout
  • Bullboxer
  • Bulldog
  • Bulldog Mix
  • Bullfrog
  • Bullmastiff
  • Bullsnake
  • Bumblebee
  • Burmese
  • Burmese Python
  • Burrowing Frog
  • Burrowing Owl
  • Bush Baby
  • Bush Viper
  • Bushmaster Snake
  • Butterfly
  • Butterfly Fish

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