animals that start with f

We have been through this for some time for you to already know why we are here. You were already a little informed about Animals names beginning with A or D, but what about F. Don’t hurt your head. We are here with all the research listing all the animals that start with the letter f. Also, we have interesting facts and the lifespan of each animal, so you get the general idea on each one. Let us begin!


Falanouc is perhaps better known as Eupleres are mongoose-like carnivorous mammals that are native to Madagascar. You think we might be cheating here, including it in the list of animals that start with the letter F but hear us out. Even though it as an entire genus has the scientific name of Eupleres, it’s only known two species go by the name of Eastern Falanouc and Western Falanouc. The former ones declared vulnerable while the latter has an endangered status. They are mostly insectivores who eat worms, slugs, snails, and larvae.


Falcons are small to medium-sized raptor birds. Their habitat, food, and lifespan all depend upon the size of its species. Smallest falcons classified as Kestrels will hunt for insects and rodents while slightly bigger hobbies will hunt smaller birds. The larger Peregrine and hierofalcons will kill mid-sized birds and other small to medium-sized vertebrates. These beautiful predators definitely our top pick for animals that start with the letter f.


Ferrets are mustelid animals, which are the domesticated forms of the Common ferret or the European Polecat. Like most mustelids, they have long, slender, and flexible bodies of the average length of 51cm (13cm tail). Ferrets have anal scent glands that they may use either when they feel scared or threatened like skunks or mark their territory and sexual recognition. Most domestic ferrets sold in the USA have their glands removed, but in the UK and other places, it is considered unnecessary mutilation.


Finches are small birds recognizable for their colorful feathers and stout conical bills they use to eat seeds. However, to distinguish them simply by appearance is not very plausible as many species that do not belong to the Fringillidae family also share the name simply for having the name.

Estrildid finches and the American Sparrow are some inaccurately considered to be finches. However, birds like canaries, siskins, serins, and redpolls are true finches. Finches are found in all continents and regions except Australia and polar regions because they are non-migratory birds.


Fireflies, also known as lightning bugs and more scientifically as Lampyridae, are soft-bodied insects from the beetle order. This family of insects is unique for their bioluminescence (chemically produces lights of infrared and ultraviolet frequencies) in their abdomen, which they use to either attract prey or mates.


Fishers are small carnivores from the mustelid family, which is native to North America. It looks like a larger American Marten, which is a close relative and found in the same habitats ranging from boreal forests in Canada to Northern Part of the US. They are forest-dwelling animals who search and eat nuts, berries, mushrooms, grubs, and insects. It also looks very similar to other animalsĀ that start with the letterĀ  ‘F,’ we talked about, the ferret.


Flamingos are wading birds, so naturally, they are found in shores and mudflats near sea and oceans in Southern Florida, Caribbean Islands, South America, Africa, Southwest Asian, and Northwest India. They are famous for standing on only one leg; the reason why is still not clear. Most probably, they do it to conserve heat. They eat matters from filter-feeders, shrimps, and algae to insects, mollusks, and crustaceans.


Fleas are wingless parasitic insects, which are 1/16 to 1/8th of inches in size. They are known to feed on blood by piercing the skin of humans and animals and sucking their blood. Fleas were historically only found in animals and believed to have spread to humans through rodents like the black rat. In ancient and medieval times, fleas were hard to get rid of and thus caused historical plagues like the Plague of Justinian and the Black Plague, thousands of years ago.

Fleas may not have wings but have long legs, which allow them to jump as much as 7 inches high and 13 inches apart. This elusive skill makes it to this day quite difficult to exterminate completely. Despite being the smallest animal that starts with C, we will not underestimate the flea so easily.


Flounder is a type of flatfish, which refers to fish that have flat or compressed bodies. Like most flatfish, Flounders dwell on the bottom of the water with soft mud, coral reef, or near bridge piles and docks. Their bodies are laterally pressed, so they will lay by the side for camouflage to hunt their prey and hide from predators. They eat fish spawns, aquatic worms, small fish, and crustaceans. Flounder is certainly an interesting fish that deserves its spot on the list of animals starting with the letter C.


When we say Fly, we do not just mean the common housefly but a wide variety of other insects. Mosquitoes and similar parasitic insects like crane fly also are flies. Most of them are pests with the ones of parasitic natures spreading diseases like Malaria and Dengue, while houseflies that spread air-borne diseases like diarrhea and cholera. Many flies do play an important role in pollination, falling short to only the efforts of the bees.

Flying Fish

Flying fish, unlike the name suggests, is not a fish who has mastered the skill to guide but rather the one which has the ability to jump and guide. They swim at great speed and then leap forcefully out of the water’s surface, where they use their upward-facing wing-like fins to glide through the air for the considerable difference before gliding back into the water. They can remain in the air for a record of 45 seconds and, depending on external factors, glide the distance from 50 to 400 meters. Through this, they travel up to 70km/h speed generally to escape predators like Dolphins.

Flying Squirrel

There are some 50 species or so of squirrels that classify as a flying squirrel or the Pteromyini tribe of the Sciuridae rodent family. Like Flying fish, Flying squirrels also deserve their spot on our list of animals that start with the letter F for similar reasons. They can’t actually fly like birds and bats but use patagium, a stretchable-membranous appendage that connects from their wrists to ankles to glide between trees. Their adorable appearance has even led to some captive-bred southern species to be domesticated as pets.


We challenge you to classify Fossa, just by looking at its picture. This animal starting with ‘F,’ looks like a cat that shows behaviors like civets but is closely related to the Mongoose. However, Fossa is a carnivorous mammal found in Madagascar. It is the biggest predator you will find in Madagascar and is described as a small cougar. They prey upon lemurs, primates, rodents, birds, lizards, etc.


Fox is a small to medium-sized canine which has an omnivorous diet. Only 12 species are considered true foxes, while 25 other extinct and existing species of foxes are also referred to as Fox. Foxes are recognizable from their flat skulls, triangle-shaped upward-facing ears, and a long bushy tail. Several foxes, generally of the smaller size like Island fox and Darwin’s fox, are endangered mostly due to human involvement like habitat loss and introduction of invasive species.


Also known as Frigate-petrel, Frigatebirds are seabirds mostly black in color with long forked tails and long hooked beaks. Females have a white underbelly, but males sport a distinctive gular skin that they can inflate till it touches their beaks to attract females during mating seasons. Frigatebirds are sly hunters who will catch fish and squids near the surface of the water who are there to escape from other predators in the water. They are also called kleptoparasites because they will steal food from other seabirds and snatch away their chicks.


With over 7,000 species in 56 families, the frog’s order of Anura covers over 88% of all the amphibians. Frogs are tailless, short-bodied amphibians that are carnivorous in nature. Frogs have complex muscles and limbs, which allows most species the ability to jump considerable lengths for locomotion. Their skins vary among species to provide different functions; respiration, protective armor, water absorption, temperature management, defensive chemical release, and more.


The fulmar is the second seabird in our list of animals that start with the letter F. There are only 2 extinct and two extant species of the bird. Fulmar comes across similar to seagulls, but they can be distinguished through their stiff wings used in flight and their tubenoses. They live on ledges of rocks and cliffs where they also lay their eggs; they lay one and some rare times 2 eggs. Fulmar feeds on fish, squid, and shrimp.

Animals That Start With the Letter F

Animal Name Starting with ‘F’ Phylum Class Scientific Name Life Span
Falanouc Chordata Mammalia Eupleres Eupleres Major has a lifespan of 7.9 years, Eupleres Goudotil’s average lifespan is not known
Falcon Chordata Aves Falco Peregrine falcons in the wild have an average of 19-20 years, and they live over 25 years in captivity while smaller falcons like kestrels live less than 5 years in the wild while in captivity the average in 14-17 years
Ferret Chordata Mammalia Mustela Putorius Furo Ferret’s average lifespan in the wild is 1-3 years and in captivity
Finch Chordata Aves Fringillidae


A Zebra finch’s average lifespan is less than 5 years in wild and 4-9 years in captivity. They may easily live for over 12 years.
Firefly Arthropoda Insecta Lampyridae


The average lifespan of 1-2 years. It may vary for some of the 2,000 species. There are certain ones that take almost 2 years just to complete the larval stage
Fisher Chordata Mammalia Pekania Pennanti Natural lifespan: 7-10 years

Captivity: 10-14 years

Flamingo Chordata Aves Phoenicopteriformes Wild: 30-40 years

Captivity: 60 years +

Flea Arthropoda Insecta Siphonaptera Around 3 months
Flounder Chordata Actinopterygii Pleuronectidae Different per species, the southern flounder will live for 3-7 years, whereas European Flounders will live till their teenage years.
Fly Arthropoda Insecta Diptera


A housefly lives a maximum of 1 month while mosquitoes; the male lives 10 days and the female’s lifespan is 46-56 days
Flying Fish Chordata Actinopterygii Exocoetidae


5 years average lifespan in the wild
Flying Squirrel Chordata Mammalia Pteromyini


6 years in the wild and 15 years in captivity
Fossa Chordata Mammalia Cryptoprocta Ferox 20 years in captivity; less than that in the wild
Fox Chordata Mammalia Canidae


2-5 years in the wild and 9-15 years in the wild. Larger species live longer than smaller ones
Frigatebird Chordata Mammalia Fregata Research required for lifespan, a study conducted on some 35 frigatebirds found 10 over 37 years and 1 at least 44 years old.
Frog Chordata Mammalia Anura


A wide estimate for the overall order of frogs is 4-15 years. The oldest known European common toad was 40 years old.
Fulmar Chordata Aves Fulmarus Their average lifespan is 35 years, although they commonly live over 40 years of age, some even crossing the 8- years mark.

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