K Is For Koala: 16 Animals That Start With K

While most people have heard of kangaroos and koalas, you may be wondering if there are any other animals in the world that begin with the letter ‘k’. 

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In this article, we will be looking at 16 different animals that all start with the letter ‘k’. You may have heard of some of them, but others may be new to you.

This is a fantastic opportunity to learn about different animals around the world!

So, let’s get started.

Kangaroo

Kangaroo

The kangaroo is the largest marsupial in the Macropodidae family and is a native of Australia.

The rear legs of kangaroos are huge and muscular, and their enormous feet are ideally suited for leaping.

Additionally, they have a long, muscular tail that aids in their balance despite having a small head.

Keel-Billed Toucan

Keel-Billed Toucan

Due to its bright colors, the keel-billed toucan is also known as the rainbow-killed toucan.

This bird’s bills can grow to be 20 cm long, and one-third the length of the body.

With a beautiful color combination of red, yellow, orange, and green, this bird has one of the most colorful beaks on the planet.

The Keel-billed Toucan can be discovered in South American jungles.

Kermode Bear

Kermode Bear

Kermode bear is a relatively uncommon white bear, also known as a ghost bear, or a spirit bear.

Kermode bears are easily distinguished from white bears, with its  recessive genes causing the white fur to appear.

The bear lives in the coastal rainforest on British Columbia’s coast.

Kestrel

Kestrel

The kestrel, also known as Eurasian kestrel or Old-world kestrel,  is one of the most common birds in the United Kingdom.

The habitat of the kestrel varies greatly, including urban areas, grassland, and other areas.

Kestrels use other species’ nests to construct their own.

Killer Whale

Killer Whale

Orcas, often known as killer whales, are common throughout all oceans. They appear in black and white, can reach a length of 6 meters, and can weigh more than 6 tonnes in the wild.

Despite being known as killer ‘whales’, orcas are actually dolphins, and are the largest creatures in the dolphin family.

Kingfisher

Kingfisher

Kingfishers have huge heads, small feet, a short to medium tail, a compact body, and a long, enormous bill.

They have vibrant blue and yellow feathers, and  are renowned for their unique hunting methods.

These birds favor static or slowly moving water settings, like lakes, canals, and rivers, in lowland locations.

King Penguin

King Penguin

King penguins are the second-largest subspecies of penguin, reaching up to 100 cm in height, and living up to 20 years in the wilderness.

When the breeding season brings their groups up to the shore, king penguins will establish enormous colonies.

While swimming, King Penguins typically go at a speed of 5 to 10 km/h.

Kirk’s Dik-Dik

Kirk’s Dik-Dik

Kirk’s Dik Dik is a widespread species found in the acacia savannas of Tanzania and Kenya.

Dik-dik are herbivorous animals that may blend into their surroundings more easily because most of them are pale in colour.

Although most animals only live for five years on average, some of them can survive for ten.

The weight is limited to 7kg, and the height spans from 14 to 18 inches.

Kiwi

Kiwi

The kiwi is New Zealand’s national bird, and there are numerous varieties of this species.

This furry, brown bird is flightless, and is colored dark brown. These birds are considered to be the smallest of ratites (large, flightless birds), due to their small sizes.

Klipspringer

Klipspringer

An antelope that can climb rocks, the Klipspringer inhabits in the mountains of eastern and southern Africa.

Klipspringer, which translates to ‘rock jumper’ in Afrikaans, describes creatures that can freely move across rocky terrain and mate.

These animals are antelope, which are ordinarily little and stout creatures.

Koala

Koala

Koalas are native marsupials to Australia, growing at average to be 60-85 cm long, and up to 14 kg in weight.

The body of a koala is gray and plump, with a light yellow or cream chest and a speckled rump.

They have a poor diet, which causes them to be quite sluggish creatures with low energy. As a result, the majority of this animal’s time is spent sitting or sleeping in trees.

Koi

Koi

Koi is a one-of-a-kind fish that is extremely popular among enthusiasts and collectors, particularly in Japan.

In Japanese culture, these fish have come to symbolize spiritual and material abundance or development.

Koi are colored varieties of Common Carp (Cyprinus Carpio) that are used to decorate koi ponds, or water gardens.

Komodo Dragon

Komodo Dragon

The Komodo dragon is a big lizard that may reach a maximum size of 3 meters, and a weight capacity of 70 kilograms.

They can be found in Indonesia.

Due to the many microorganisms that reside in the Komodo dragon’s mouth, its venomous bite is extremely deadly.

This reptile may consume as much food as 80% of its body weight.

Kookaburra

Kookaburra

The laughing kookaburra, also known as the laughing jackass, is a kingfisher family member.

This bird has a gray-brown beak, and can reach a length of 43 cm. Laughing kookaburras can be heard most often in the early morning and after sunset.

Krill

Krill

Krill are present in most of the world’s waters.

Since they feed phytoplankton and zooplankton and transform them into a form that is suited for larger animals that eat krill, they are regarded as a significant level of the hierarchy in the food chain.

In addition to being consumed by humans, krill is also used in cosmetology, as bait in fishing, as food for aquaculture and aquariums, and in medications.

Kudu

Kudu

An antelope species known as the kudu often lives up to 7-8 years in the wild, and up to 20 years in captivity.

There are two subspecies of kudu: smaller and greater kudu.

The lesser kudu inhabits the Acacia and Commiphora thorn bush in Savannah, while bushland and woodlands are where you’ll typically see greater kudu.

Final Thoughts

So, there we have it; those were 16 types of animals that start with the letter ‘k’ from all around the world. 

We hope you found this article interesting, and that you have now learned the names of several animals that start with this letter.

Olivia Kepner