17 Animals Starting With K (With Pictures)

Animals with k in their name are born for our amusement and enjoyment, but this does not mean they are necessarily fun to have around. Some animals with k in their name only cause trouble from time to time. Others are downright dangerous and can be downright deadly. This list contains the most common words for animals with K in their name.

1. Kagu

Kagu (or “kakapo”) is the world’s only flightless parrot. It’s native to New Zealand and has become endangered due to predation by introduced cats, parasites, and habitat loss. The kakapo has been on a recovery program since the 19s, but only 70 are left in the world today. They’re generally found in small groups of three or four birds living under the forest canopy.

2. Kai Ken

Kai ken is a breed of dog bred to resemble the Chinese mountain cat (fictional character) in appearance and temperament. This breed is white with black spots, rosettes, and a striped tail like the mountain cat. They were first bred in Japan in the 19s for their resemblance to the fictional character from Winnie-the-Pooh stories by A. A. Milne.

3. Kaka

The New Zealand kiwi is a large flightless cuckoo-like bird that lives in forested areas of the North and South Islands. The male is a bright green bird with black and white wings, while the female is brown with a yellow beak and wattles.

A single egg is laid each year, which stays in an incubator for about 35 days before hatching. Their parents raise the young for up to 3 years before flying away from the nest to find their mates and territory.

4. Kakapo

The kakapo is a large, flightless parrot found only on Stewart Island off New Zealand’s South Island coast at an altitude of around 500 m (1660 ft). It was named after the Maori word kakapo, which means “night parrot.” It has been described as the world’s heaviest parrot because of its ability to survive on little food by hibernating over winter months when food supplies are low.

Its diet consists primarily of insects found in forests during the summer months when insects are abundant on the bare ground beneath trees, where they can be easily captured with their strong feet and claws.

5. Kangaroo

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Kangaroos have large muscular hindquarters, long, powerful legs, and large feet adapted for hopping. They are herbivores, feeding on grasses and other plants. They can leap up to 3 meters (9 ft 10 in) at a time, which they use to escape predators.

Kangaroos are solitary except during breeding season when they live in small groups called mobs. They usually have one dominant male who protects all females within his territory from other males by fighting with them or pushing them out of the way. Females give birth to a single young after a gestation period of about 31 days; this baby hops when it first emerges from its mother’s pouch (marsupium), then moves away from its mother soon afterward so she can begin feeding.

6. Kangal

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The Kangal is a dog found in Turkey. It is a member of the Kangal breed, which was developed to hunt in the forests around Istanbul. The Kangal’s coat can be either white or black, and its ears are always erect.

The Kangal has been used as a hunting dog for centuries and is still popular in Turkey today. The Kangal is also known as the “Turkish Greyhound” because it looks very similar to this ancient breed of dog that was once kept as a pet but has since become rare.

7. Kangaroo Rat

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Kangaroo rats are members of the rat family, but they’re not rodents. They’re marsupials, which means they have a pouch for their young and a pocket on their belly for carrying food.

The kangaroo rat (Dipodomys ingens) is native to the western United States, including California and Arizona. It’s one of two species of kangaroo rats; the other one is found in Mexico. Kangaroo rats grow to be about eight inches long and weigh about a half-ounce, although they can be more significant. They’re brownish-gray in color with tan or white underbellies and dark eyes.

8. Katydid

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Katydid is a common name for a small family of insects in the suborder Ensifera, which includes grasshoppers, crickets, and katydids. The scientific name is Tettigoniidae. They are found worldwide.

The katydids are characterized by having wings that fold into a tightly rolled-up position when not in use. While most insects have branches that extend away from the body, katydids’ wings fold under their bodies like a fan. The front two pairs of legs on each side of the abdomen are enlarged and adapted for jumping.

The katydids are generally herbivorous insects that feed on leaves and seedlings of plants.

Some species are even known to consume tree bark from living trees!

9 KeaKey Deer

The Keakey deer is one of the smallest species of deer and has pale-brown fur with large white spots on its side and tail. Its ears are small, and its muzzle is short. The Keakey deer have been found to live up to 20 years old but only breeds once every 3-5 years. It will mate with several males during these breeding seasons, but only one female will have a litter each year.

The Keakey deer was recently discovered by scientists when they studied DNA samples taken from museum specimens and found that they were different from other North American species of deer.

They have since been studied in more detail by scientists and are now believed to be an entirely new subspecies of Key deer named “KeaKey.”

10. Keel-Billed Toucan

The Keel-Billed Toucan is a large toucan. It is native to the tropical forests of South America, where it feeds on fruit and insects. The Keel-Billed Toucan has a long beak, which helps it crack open hard-shelled fruits easily.

This species also has a unique call, which consists of a series of long, drawn-out whistles. / Keel-billed toucans are the world’s most giant toucans. They have a long beak, which cracks open nuts and other hard foods. The keel is a large bump on the top of their bills, which helps them available food items. In some birds, the keel can be as long as 3.5 inches (9 cm).

11. Keeshond

The Keeshond is a Dutch breed of dog, originally from the Netherlands. It is a slight scent hound that was bred to hunt in packs, with the ability to track prey by following its scent. The breed is distinguished by its large ears, silky coat, and erect ears. They have a loud bark but are not as deep as other hounds, such as greyhounds or whippets.

The Keeshond was bred at the end of the 19th century in The Netherlands to hunt rabbits and hares by scent alone. Although they were previously kept only by royalty, they are now popular among families who enjoy their gentle nature and playful attitude.

12. Kerry Blue Terrier

The Kerry Blue is a breed of dog that originated in Ireland in the late 19th century. It has been used as a hunting dog since its origins and as a companion. The name ‘Kerry Blue’ refers to the color of its coat, which is blue-grey on the head, neck, and body and white on the extremities (including paws). The Kerry Blue was given its name by the Irish poet Thomas Moore who owned one of these dogs.

13. Kestrel

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The Kestrel is a small falcon with brown or grey upperparts, white underparts, and barred dark brown wings and tail. It has good eyesight and hearing but poor eyesight at close range. It has a typical falcon’s hooked beak for catching prey and powerful talons for catching it quickly without killing it.

Its high-speed flight enables it to catch its game at heights of 30 meters (100 feet) above ground level, using thermals created by currents in the air caused by weather conditions such as wind speed and temperature changes.

14. Key Deer

The Key deer is a medium-sized deer that lives in the Florida Keys. It has a white body with black spots on its back and head, while its legs are covered with short fur. The Key deer is the most prominent member of the deer family native to North America, weighing an average of 65 pounds.

Its scientific name is Odocoileus virginianus, which means “large-tailed deer.”

15. Kiko Goat

The Kiko goat is a small breed of domestic goat that originates from Spain. The breed was developed by crossing various European species such as Limousin, Toggenburg, Pyrenean, and Nubian goats with Spanish Ibérico goats from Extremadura in Spain.

The result was a small, hardy goat that produces high-quality milk for cheese production or other uses such as soap making or fertilizer for agriculture or livestock feed.

16. Killdeer

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Killdeer is a small bird living in the American West’s grasslands. Its name comes from its habit of killing other birds with its beak. The name was chosen because it sounded similar to “kilt” and “killerette,” both used in old ballads to refer to an Irishwoman who played a male role in a play or opera.

17. Killer Bee

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Killer bees are not bees; they are social wasps related to hornets and honeybees, but they don’t make honey or sting people (or other animals). They do have stinger-like ovipositors, however, which they use to lay eggs in holes dug into the ground by other insects like beetles or termites.

After the eggs hatch, the larvae feed on those insects, which gives them ample opportunity to grow big enough to sting their predators!