Animals

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Animals in Britain | Animals on the farm | Animals in the house (pets) | Animal sounds

In Britain, we have a lot of wild animals; birds, fish, insects and mammals. We also have domesticated animals, and animals we keep as pets.

Wild Animals in Britain

Here are some of the most common ones.
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Generic Name
Male
Female
Young
Group Name
Other Information
Mammals
badger
Badger(s)
Boar Sow Cub or Kit Colony (An old English name for a badger is a brock) They live in a set.
bat
Bat(s)
Male Female Pup Colony Bats are a protected species in the UK.
deer
Deer (Deer)
Stag Doe Fawn Herd A hart is a stag (usually a red deer) more than five years old, stag is more commonly used nowadays.
fox
Fox(es)
Dog-fox / Reynard She-fox / Vixen Cub Skulk Foxes live in an earth.
hare
Hare(s)
Jack Jill Leveret Down Hares live in forms.
hedgehog
Hedgehog(s)
Boar Sow Piglet Prickle
mole
Mole(s)
Male Female Pup Labour Moles live in holes.
mouse
Mouse (Mice)
Buck Doe Pup Nest
otter
Otter(s)
Dog Bitch Kitten Family Otters live in dens.
rabbit
Rabbit(s)
Buck Doe Kit / Bunny Colony Rabbits live in warrens.
rat
Rat(s)
Buck Doe Kitten / Pup Nest Rats often live in sewers.
squirrel
Squirrel(s)
Buck Doe Pup Dray There are two kinds of squirrel in the UK. The common grey squirrel and the rarer red squirrel. Only the red squirrel is a native.
stoat
Stoat(s)
Jack Jill Kit Pack
weasel
Weasel(s)
Jack Jill Kit Sneak
Birds
Birds are feathered, winged, bipedal, warm-blooded, egg-laying, vertebrate animals. Cock Hen Nestling / Hatchling/
Fledgling
Flock(s) Most birds live in nests.
Crow
Crow(s)
Male Female Young Murder
dove
Dove(s)
Cock Hen Squab Cote
duck
Duck(s)
Drake Hen Duckling Flock
goose
Goose (Geese)
Gander Goose Gosling If a group of geese is flying, it becomes a “skein”. If they are on land or water, they’re a “gaggle”.
hawk
Hawk(s)
Hen Tiercel Eyas Aerie
heron
Heron(s)
Hedge
kingfisher
Kingfisher(s)
owl
Owl(s)
Owl Jenny Owlet Parliament
peacock
Peafowl
Peacock Peahen Peachick Pride
pheasant
Pheasant(s)
Cock Hen Chick Brood
pigeon
Pigeon(s)
Cock Hen Squab Flight
robin
Robin(s)
Cock
Hen
Chick
rook
Rook(s)
Cock
Hen
Chick
Building
sparrow
Sparrow(s)
Cock
Hen
Chick
Flock
starling
Starling(s)
Cock
Hen
Chick
Flock
swan
Swan(s)
Cob Pen Signet Bevy
Insects
An invertebrate whose body is comprised of three segments and six legs. Swarm
ant
Ant(s)
Prince / Drone
Queen / Princess / Worker
Antling
Army / Nest
Ants have a strange matriarchal set up. The Queen spends her life laying eggs, there is only one queen per colony. Worker ants are non-reproducing female worker ants, the daughters of the queen. Soldier ants are sterile females who defend the colony. The male ants are small ants that have wings. They fly from the colony to mate with a queen.
bee
Bee(s)
Drone
Queen / Worker
Larva
Hive
There are three types of honey bee. The Queen who lays the eggs. The workers are females who gather food, make honey, build the six-sided honeycomb, tend eggs, and guard the hive. And the drones are males who mate with the queen.
butterfly
Butterfly (Butterflies)
Male Female Caterpillar / Chrysalis Swarm
dragonfly
Dragonfly (Dragonflies)
Male Female Nymphs / Naiads Swarm
fly
Fly (Flies)
Male Female Maggot Swarm
moth
Moth(s)
Male Female Caterpillar / Chrysalis Swarm