Kangaroo, Kingfisher, Kiwi, Koala. Learn the English alphabet with our cute cartoon animals that start with the letter K. Click the animal to hear its sound, and it’s name to hear it said out loud.
More animals that start with the letter K
Alphabetical list of animals that start with K
A full alphabetical list of popular animal names that begin with the letter K for toddlers and preschool kids.
- Kangaroo Rat
- Killer Whale
- Komodo Dragon
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Fun facts about animals that start with the letter K for kids
The kakapo is a flightless parrot that's so heavy, it has trouble climbing trees. But don't worry, it has a secret weapon: when it gets scared, it freezes in place, hoping to blend in with its surroundings. Not the most effective strategy, but hey, it's worth a shot.
Kangaroos can jump up to three times their own body length, which means they can clear a basketball hoop without even breaking a sweat. Plus, they have a built-in fanny pack (aka a pouch) where they can carry their baby, their keys, or a bag of chips if they're feeling peckish.
The kangaroo rat has one of the coolest adaptations in the animal kingdom: it can survive without drinking water. Instead, it gets all the moisture it needs from the seeds it eats. Talk about self-sufficient!
Did you know that the name "katydid" comes from the sound they make? It's a distinctive "ka-ty-did" noise that's actually a mating call. So if you ever hear a katydid singing its heart out, you know it's looking for love.
Despite their name, killer whales are actually members of the dolphin family. But don't let their friendly cousins fool you—killer whales are the apex predators of the ocean and can take down pretty much anything that swims.
The kingfisher is a bird with a serious appetite for fish. To catch its prey, it dives into the water at speeds of up to 40 mph (64 kph), making it one of the fastest birds in the world. It's like the Michael Phelps of the avian world.
The kinkajou is a cute little critter that looks like a cross between a teddy bear and a lemur. But don't let its cuddly appearance fool you—it has a super long tongue that it uses to slurp up nectar and honey from flowers. Sounds like a pretty sweet gig to us.
The kiwi is a flightless bird from New Zealand that's about the size of a chicken. But what it lacks in size, it makes up for in cuteness. Plus, it has nostrils at the end of its beak, which is just plain adorable.
The kite is a bird of prey that's known for its acrobatic flying skills. It can soar, glide, and even hover in the air, making it a real show-off. But hey, if you've got it, flaunt it.
The klipspringer is a small antelope that's perfectly adapted to life in rocky terrain. It has special hooves that allow it to jump from rock to rock without slipping, kind of like a parkour athlete in the animal kingdom.
Koalas are famous for their love of eucalyptus leaves, which is pretty much all they eat. But did you know that eucalyptus leaves are actually toxic to most animals? Koalas have a special bacteria in their digestive system that breaks down the toxins and allows them to munch on their favorite food without getting sick.
The komodo dragon is the largest lizard in the world, growing up to 10 feet long and weighing over 300 pounds (136 kilograms). But that's not even the coolest thing about them—they also have a venomous bite that can take down prey much larger than themselves. It's like they have a secret weapon hidden up their sleeve (or in their mouth, as it were).
The kookaburra is a bird from Australia that's famous for its distinctive laughter-like call. It's kind of like the animal kingdom's version of a comedian, always cracking jokes and making everyone around it chuckle.
Krill may be small, but they play a big role in the ocean's ecosystem. These tiny crustaceans are a key food source for many whales, penguins, and other marine animals. Plus, they have a cool name that sounds like a superhero: Krill Man, coming to save the day!
The kudu is a type of antelope that's known for its impressive horns. The male kudu can grow horns that are up to 6 feet long (almost 2 meters long), which they use to impress females and defend their territory. It's like the animal kingdom's version of a peacock, showing off its bling for all to see.