Animals That Start With H

Although only 1.5 million species have been scientifically described, including a million insect species, estimates suggest that there are more than 7 million animal species.

Only a few animals have English names that begin with the letter H, out of the whole group. Hawks, hares, hamsters, herons, hippopotamus, hoopoes, and honey bees are just a few of the animals with names that begin with H.


The North Atlantic haddock is a deep-sea marine fish. Haddock is a very common dish in the United Kingdom, and it appears in many regional recipes. It is perhaps nowhere more popular than there.

Cod, another popular dish, is closely related to this fish. It’s frequently fried, baked, and smoked because of its firm and somewhat sweet flavor.

Hammerhead Shark

The Sphyrnidae family of hammerhead sharks includes a group of sharks. In addition, the genus Sphyrna contains a substantial number of hammerhead shark species. The peculiar and unusual structure on their head, which is flattened and extended into a hammer shape, is what gives these sharks their names.

Warm seas and coastlines are favorite haunts for hammerheads. At night, these sharks are lone, but during the day, they swim in groups. Molokai (Hawaii), the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador, and Malpelo Island (Colombia) are all home to hammerhead shark schools.

Harbor Seal

The harbor seal is an aquatic animal that lives in the North Atlantic, North Pacific, and Arctic oceans’ coastal regions. The ordinary seal is another name for it. It can be white or brown in color.

Dark markings contrast with pale-colored harbor seals, while light markings contrast with dark-colored harbor seals.

The harbor seal, also known as the true seal, belongs to the Phocidae family of marine seals.


The slime produced by hagfish, sometimes known as slimy eels or slime eels, is what gives them their name. They’re not eels, but jawless-mouth lampreys that look a little like eels.

They are vital for commercial and culinary reasons and are regarded as the most disgusting creatures. Every species of hagfish has its own range, which extends across all the seas of the planet.

The number of species varies depending on the source, as new species are being discovered all the time. There are roughly 70-82 species.

The Atlantic hagfish, also known as Myxini glutinosa, is the most studied species and has the scientific name Myxini glutinosa. The Goliath (scientific name Eptatretus goliath), Pacific or California hagfish (scientific name Eptatretus stoutii), and black hagfish (Eptatretus deani) are among the other species.


The hamster is a species of 18-species rodent that belongs to the Cricetinae subfamily. Those living in the wild spend a huge amount of time foraging and digging, despite the fact that hamsters are commonly kept as tiny house pets.

The golden or Syrian hamster is one of the most popular hamster species bred as a pet. The Roborovski hamster, winter white dwarf hamster, and Campbell’s dwarf hamster are other species of hamsters that are commonly kept as pets. Nocturnal animals such as hamsters spend the day underground to keep predators at bay.

Harp Seal

The Arctic Ocean and the most northern areas of the Atlantic Ocean are home to the harp seal. It belongs to the Phocidae family of earless, or true, seals.

The harp seal has gray skin and black eyes with a harp-shaped pattern on its back. Infants have a thick white fur coat that covers their entire body.

Hardhead Catfish

Grinding teeth or vibrating the bones near the swim bladder are two ways for hardhead catfish to make noise.

The hardhead catfish is a medium-sized marine predator or omnivore that sifts along the bottom of the ocean, looking for food. It is named after the bony plate on top of the skull. Although the Gafftopsail catfish isn’t a member of the same genus, it’s frequently confused with this species.

They’re fairly typical and plentiful in the southern United States, yet recreational and commercial fishers aren’t particularly interested.


Hares, along with rabbits, belong to the Leporidae family of mammals. They have longer ears and look the same as rabbits in terms of shape, size, and herbivorous diets.

Japan, North America, Eurasia, and Africa are all home to hares. They can also reach speeds of up to 45 mph, making them one of the world’s fastest animals. Hare’s huge paws and powerful hind legs make them capable of sprinting.

Harpy Eagle

In the rainforests of South America, the harpy eagle is a formidable bird of prey. It may weigh up to 20 pounds (9 kilograms) and is the biggest eagle in the Americas. It eats sloths and monkeys in the rainforest canopy.

Harlequin Snake

Four to thirteen eggs can be laid by a female Harlequin snake. The black, yellow, and red rings that run the length of the Harlequin snake’s body are what make it most interesting.

It’s found in southern America, as well as Mexico. These are carnivores that kill lizards, insects, frogs, and fish with strong venom in order to eat them. They have a Least Concern conservation status.

Harlequin Snakes belong to a Different Family. It’s worth noting that there are two additional types of Harlequin snakes. The snakes are vivid, poisonous, and endemic to Africa. The Lamprophiidae family includes them.


The Equus ferus subspecies has only two surviving horses: one. Humans began domesticating horses about 4000 BC, after horses had evolved from tiny multi-toed creatures to huge single-toed animals over 50 million years.

Stallions are male horses in their adult years, while mares are female horses. A foal is a young male horse, while a filly is a young female horse. While the oldest documented horse lived to be 62 years old, horses live for around 30 years.


In Africa, the hartebeest is a huge antelope that dwells in savannas and woods. It has lengthy legs and a long, slender face. The horns of both males and females are bent and ringed. Up to 300 hartebeest may be found in a herd.

Hawaiian Crow

The Hawaiian crow’s shrill cries once dominated the island’s forests. In the wild, the endangered species is now extinct. The Hawaiian crow, also known as the Alala, is a smart and Resourceful bird that is social and gregarious. It is well-suited to the hot conditions of the lush Pacific islands for which it’s named.

The species formerly thrived in its woodland environment, with few natural dangers and abundant food. However, in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the species was pushed to the verge of extinction by alien predators. Now, conservationists are working to bring the crow back to life.


Hedgehogs are little creatures with defensive spines on their backs. Hedgehogs come in 17 different varieties. Europe, Asia, and Africa are where they come from. Porcupines are not related to hedgehogs, despite the fact that they are spiky.

Hawaiian Goose

In 1957, before Hawaii became a state, the gorgeous Hawaiian goose or nene was designated the official bird of the state.

Because of excessive hunting by humans and exotic animals imported to the islands with them, it is considered the world’s rarest goose. The goose population is gradually but steadily recovering, according to the good news.

The Hawaiian goose is only found in Hawaii, as the name suggests. Oahu, Kaua’i, Maui, and Molokai are the specific islands where it may be found.

It favors scrublands, grasslands, and coastal dunes in its natural environment, where the trees and bushes are not particularly thick. Even on the stony slopes of volcanoes with little vegetation, it can be found.


The hellbender is the only species of giant salamander in the Cryptobranchidae family to be discovered in North America, and it is one of three species in that family. Like all salamanders, the hellbender has a lengthy body, a lengthy tail, and short legs.

Hawk Moth Caterpillar

Hawk moth caterpillars are among the most gorgeous, with green or greenish-blue hues, in addition to being one of the largest caterpillars. Unfortunately, a caterpillar needs a lot of provender to grow up to 4 inches before pupating.

The tomato hornworm, one of the most well-known of the hawk moth caterpillars, strips the plants bare as soon as it spots a legion of gardeners picking their tomatoes in the morning. The agile hawk moth, on the other hand, is a crucial pollinator for both useful and beautiful plants.

Herring Gull

In Western Europe’s coastal areas, the herring gull is a common sight. With a white body and grey wings, it’s a big gull.

At the end of its strong beak, it features a crimson mark. The herring gull naturally nests on cliffs along the shore, so buildings along the coast serve as an excellent replacement.

Hercules Beetle

One of the world’s biggest insects is the Hercules beetle, which isn’t just big. Males have lengthy horns that come from the middle of their shoulders and head.

To resemble pincers or a claw, they come together. During the arduous process of pupation, the larvae, which are bent and white or yellow with a black head, may grow bigger than the adults. Hercules beetles are clumsy flyers as well. It’s a huge flying insect, to boot.


The long, curved beaks of hornbills are distinctive members of this family of birds. Hornbills’ uniquely integrated first and second neck vertebrae support their long beaks, which are typically brightly colored.

Tropical and subtropical Africa, Asia, and several Pacific islands are home to hornbills.

Hippopotamus (Common)

Only elephants and rhinoceroses are bigger than the hippopotamus, which is the third biggest land animal. The hippo spends the majority of its time in the water and only comes out to feed at night. It has a semi-aquatic lifestyle.

Hippos are one of Africa’s most dangerous creatures, despite the fact that they are herbivores (plant-eaters).

Hermit Crab

Hermit crabs are tiny crustaceans that may be found all around the globe in shallow seas. Hermit crabs are not lonely creatures, but rather live in colonies of 100 or more individuals. They have a name that is misleading.

The mollusk shells that these crustaceans carry on their backs and must exchange out as they grow give them their name. Unlike other crustaceans, whose bodies are soft, Hermit Crabs have hard exoskeletons for the front half of their bodies and require these appropriated shells.

Paguroidea is the scientific term for hermit crabs, which are part of a superfamily of decapod crustaceans that have a soft asymmetrical abdomen and live in empty mollusk shells.

Paguroidea is divided into seven subfamilies, each of which encompasses both terrestrial and aquatic species.


The Amazon rainforest in South America is home to the hoatzin, a huge bird. It has a featherless blue head with an distinctive orange crest. It has gray plumage.

In two ways, the hoatzin is unique among birds. The hoatzin’s digestive system, in much the same way as cattle, breaks down vegetation through fermentation. The second is that it stinks like a rotting corpse (the hoatzin’s other moniker).

The second is that each of its chicks has two claws on his or her wings. Before the chick can fly, these help the chick climb plants. After maturity, the claws fall off.


The heron is a group of long-legged birds that can be found in many different climates all around the globe, feeding gracefully at the water’s edge with its sharp, pointed beak.

It’s particularly well-suited to the ecosystem in which it grows. The heron’s natural environment is also sensitive to any disturbances.

Waterfowl are exclusively found in freshwater wetlands, lakes, and ponds across the globe. It is found in every single area, with the exception of the driest deserts, highest peaks, and frigid Arctic and Antarctic regions. It is most prevalent in the tropics.

Honey Badger

The Mustelidae family of weasels includes the honey badger. Africa, the Middle East, and India are all home to this species.

Honey badgers are mostly carnivorous, despite their fondness for honey. It attacks a variety of creatures, including humans, reptiles, and birds.

The ferocity of the honey badger has been documented. Even when attacked by bigger animals, its thick skin protects it well.

Highland Cattle

The domesticated cattle species Highland cattle is a rustic breed. This breed is now raised globally for meat production and originated from the high elevations of Scotland’s scenic Scottish Highlands.

It appears to be a typical cattle breed, judging by its behavior and physical features. The Highland cow, on the other hand, has several unique characteristics, such as its hard constitution and long hair.

Honey Bee

Apis is a genus of honey bees. They have a single queen bee, as well as tens of thousands of female worker bees and, at certain seasons of the year, a smaller number of male bees called drones. They live in enormous colonies that span acres.

To communicate where a excellent source of nectar may be found, worker bees perform a dance-like sequence of motions.

Honey bees come in seven different species. Man domesticated and keeps the western honey bee Apis mellifera to make honey.