We’ve all explored countless “traditional” animals and could most likely regurgitate a few fascinating facts, but what about the lesser-known animals? With our help, you can now explore 50 animals that begin with “Q” and uncover all the weird and wonderful facts about them! From animals you may have heard of like the quail to more exotic species like the quagga, your knowledge of the animal kingdom is sure to expand! Get ready and dive into our list to learn about more animals that start with the letter Q!
There are a total of 6 quail species living in the United States. They live in small flocks called coveys and break into pairs in late Spring for mating season. You can find them foraging for berries, insects, seeds, and leaves in the early morning and late afternoon.
Learn More: Quail Forever
Quolls are marsupials that can only be found in Australia and New Guinea. Thanks to ridges on the bottom of their feet, they are excellent climbers, and you’ll often be able to spot them nestled in trees. They are about the size of a small cat and feed on frogs, lizards, insects, worms, and small mammals.
Learn More: Active Wild
Quetzals enjoy a tropical lifestyle and can be found in rainforests throughout Central America. These brightly-colored beauties can be seen soaring through the sky as early as weeks old! During mating season, males grow 2 long tail feathers that can reach 1m in length and use them to attract a mate.
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4. Queen Alexandra’s Birdwing Butterfly
Like the quoll, these stunning butterflies also find theirs in New Guinea. Their diet primarily consists of pipevine and nectar from hibiscus flowers. Queen Alexandra’s birdwing butterflies are named after the queen herself and are the largest butterflies on the planet.
Learn More: AMNH
5. Queen Angelfish
Queen Angelfish average a lifespan of 15 years in the wild. They reach a whopping 18 inches in length and are very opportunistic eaters- chomping their way through just about anything from jellyfish to sea fans and soft corals on the reef.
Learn More: National Geographic
Quokkas are often referred to as the happiest animals on earth due to their cheery-looking expressions. They can only be found in Australia and are surprisingly part of the kangaroo family. They, too, carry their young in pouches and hop about.
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The quagga is said to be a relative of the zebra. It went extinct for a period of time, but a group of scientists in South Africa has fought to bring it back. 90% of their diet consists of grass, and they can be spotted munching throughout the day. They have a striped upper body that tapers off towards their rear end.
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8. Queen Tiger Fish
The queen tiger fish can be found swimming in the waters from the Northern Gulf of Mexico to Brazil in the Western Atlantic. They are carnivorous fish that prey on sea urchins, macroalgae, and benthic invertebrates. Queen tiger fish range in color and may be an assortment of bright blue, purple, turquoise, green, and yellow.
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Quahogs are best described as mollusks and are among the longest-living marine organisms for nearly 200 years! They feed on minute portions of algae and are prey to crabs, sea stars, and fish such as cod and haddock.
Learn More: NOAA Fisheries
10. Qinling Panda
The qinling panda is a subspecies of the giant panda. They are far rarer than their black and white counterparts, with an estimated 200-300 still in existence. They are aptly named as they live at altitudes of between 4000- 10000 feet in the Qinling mountains in China.
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These red-billed birds can be located in Africa. They are the most populous bird in the world and have litters of between 1 and 5. They are omnivores and primarily prey on insects. Quelea’s range in color and may be red, purple, or, more commonly, brown.
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12. Queen of Sheba’s Gazelle
This beautiful gazelle has been extinct since 1951. It lived in the mountainous regions of Yemen and was the darkest species of gazelle to exist to this day. Not much is known about them because only a few skins and skulls are available for study.
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13. Queen Snapper
You’ll find these brightly colored fish between the waters of Northern Carolina and the Northern tip of Brazil. They are commonly caught for their tender and moist flesh, which has a mild sweet taste. Queen snapper’s generally weighed between 3-5 pounds.
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14. Quiara Spiny Rat
A bizarre fact about the quiara spiny rat is that their tale breaks off easily when pulled- hence, you’ll often see that many of these creatures have short stubby tails. They grow to around 48 cm in length and survive on a diet of leaves, fungi, nuts, and fruit.
Learn More: Britannica
15. Queensland Grouper
These large groupers enjoy the lifestyle reefs provide- something very uncommon for fish their size. Their bodies are mottled charcoal and grey in color, and they can often be seen hovering or resting motionlessly on the substrate. You’ll find them throughout the Indo-Pacific ocean, from Hawaii and Japan all the way to Australia and South Africa.
Learn More: Aquarium Of The Pacific
16. Quechuan Hocicudo
The quechuan hocicudo is a speices of rodent. It occupies a small region known as Cloud Forest in Central Bolivia. Their coloring is often pale brown with tinges of red. They are sadly regarded as endangered due to their habitat being destroyed.
Learn More: Earth’s Endangered Creatures
17. Queen Snake
The queen snake has a life span of up to 19 years. They are nonvenomous, semi-aquatic snakes and can be found in temperate climates in North America. Queen snakes are primarily diurnal but have been known to hunt at night if the need arises. They hunt not by use of sight or heat detection but by using scent receptors to track their prey.
Learn More: Animalia
18. Queretaran Rattlesnake
Queretaran rattlesnakes can be located in Mexico. Adults range between 50- 67.8 cm in length, and although not large, they sure can pack a punch if threatened. Their diverse diet includes an assortment of lizards, mammals, and even snakes!
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19. Queretaran Desert Lizard
The queretaran desert lizard is uniquely hued; its scales can be purple, yellow, blue, orange, and red. These striking omnivores are active between the months of March and October- hunting for lizards, small birds, beetles, and other insects, as well as plant matter like leaves, berries, and flowers.
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20. Quinoa Checkerspot Butterfly
The Quinoa checkerspot butterfly was listed as an engendered species in 1997. These stunning butterflies tend to live in the rainforests of Southern California and have been noted to avoid flying over objects that are taller than 6-8 feet.
Learn More: Center For Biological Diversity
21. Queen Charlotte Goshawk
The queen charlotte goshawk has evolved to live in the coastal forests of Alaska and Vancouver. They are phenomenal flyers and reach speeds of between 30-40 mph! They have the ability to kill prey on the ground or even whilst in pursuit in the air.
Learn More: Center For Biological Diversity
22. Quaker Parrot
Quaker parrots are highly intelligent, energetic birds. They are also known as hooded parrots or monk parakeets. They incubate their eggs for an average of 24 days and have a lifespan of between 20 and 30 years! Quaker parrots are native to neotropical regions and have been known to be rather territorial.
Learn More: Facts.net
23. Queensland Lungfish
These odd-looking fish inhabit reservoirs or slow-flowing rivers. Shockingly, they can live up to 100 years but have been placed on the endangered list. They prey on other fish, amphibians, and aquatic crustaceans.
Learn More: Kidadl
24. Queensland Tube-nosed Bat
This solitary species is located in subtropical areas and tropical forests along the coast of Queensland. They tend to forage no further than 1km away from their roost and are prey to feral cats, snakes, and owls.
Learn More: All About Bats
Quarrions, also known as cockatiels or weiros, live for 10-36 years. Their 50cm wingspan allows them to reach incredible speeds of up to 71 kmph! Their dark grey plumage is adorned by a yellow face, bright orange cheeks, and white patches along their wings. They are mainly spotted in Australia and the Caribbean Islands.
Learn More: Animalia
26. Quarter Horse
The quarter horse is one of the most successful breeds in the world of horse racing. They are level-headed breeds that make for wonderful competitors. They are bred in America and, apart from racing, are commonly used on ranches and small holdings to assist with groundwork.
Learn More: Helpful Horse Hints
27. Queensland Heeler
Blue heeler dogs are extremely intelligent, protective, and active. They make wonderful family companions and can live as long as 15 years. Although they enjoy the activity at a young age, care should be taken as they grow older because they have been known to develop hip and eye problems.
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28. Queensland Rat Kangaroos
These strange creatures are about the size of a rabbit and weigh up to 2.8kg. Queensland rat kangaroos are nocturnal and constantly compete for food with feral pigs, goats, and rabbits. These marsupials are endemic to Australia and have suffered a severe populous decline in recent years.
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29. Queretaro Pocket Gopher
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30. Queensland Ring-tale Possum
These cute fellas are recognizable by their large ears and huge brown eyes. They live in thick vegetation near parks, creating basketball-sized nests made of an assortment of bark, palm and mango tree twigs, and bottlebrush ferns.
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31. Queen Conch
The queen conch is a massive gastropod mollusk that reigns over the waters of the Caribbean Sea. These sea snails have large, thick shells that offer them protection from most predators which is sure to contribute to their long lifespan of up to 40 years! This can’t protect them from all predators though – divers from nearby islands are on the hunt and harvest them for their prized meat.
Learn More: Oceana
32. Quillback Rockfish
This quirky-looking rockfish is distinguished by the quill-like spines radiating from its dorsal side. As their name suggests, they prefer the rockiest parts of their marine habitat and are found in the Pacific Ocean; from the coast of Alaska all the way down to southern California.
Learn More: Washington Department Of Fish & Wildlife
33. Quince Monitor
Not much is known about the quince monitor’s wild home; this rare species was only just discovered in 1997 in the Sula Islands of Indonesia. Scientists have learned a few things about them, though! For instance, the quince is unable to lose and regrow its tail, a common trait for some other lizard species.
Learn More: Cincinnati Zoo
34. Quiscalus quiscula
This one you’ve probably seen, or at least heard before! The Common Grackle is a type of American blackbird that can be quite noisy when gathered in groups. These birds eat almost anything – from the corn in farmers’ fields to the trash in a parking lot. Interestingly, they are known to allow ants to crawl over their bodies to rid them of parasites!
Learn More: All About Birds
35. Quoyi Parrotfish
Quoyi or Quoy’s Parrotfish are a beautiful, brightly-colored species of parrotfish that thrive in the reefs of tropical waters. They are also the perfect fish for aquariums because not only are they friendly tankmates to other fish, but they keep the tank clean by eating the algae!
Learn More: New Wave Aquaria
36. Quagga Catshark
The quagga catshark is a relatively unknown and elusive species of shark. It lives in the Indian Ocean off the coasts of Somalia and Yemen and feeds primarily on deep-water shrimp. This type of fish, though a shark by name, is not actually harmful to humans.
Learn More: iNaturalist
37. Quacking Frog
Quack at this frog, and they might even quack back! The backs of these frogs have a variety of patterns, and some males even turn red during mating season. If you can’t identify one by their coloring, you surely will by their duck-like call! The quacking frog makes its home in southwestern Australia, where their distinctive ‘quack’ emanates from shallow pools of water.
Learn More: Western Australia Museum
38. Queen Triggerfish
When hiding from predators, this fish can ‘lock’ its dorsal fin so it can’t be pulled out by an enemy – what a clever fish! The brightly-colored queen triggerfish is found along the westernmost part of the Atlantic Ocean, as well as the West African coastline. It’s a popular catch for food, and is also used for medicinal purposes!
Learn More: Florida Museum
The iconic Quetzalcoatlus is an extinct species of pterosaur that lived during the Cretaceous Period. These massive birdlike creatures were the largest species ever known to fly, with wingspans of up to 45 feet! Their fossils have been found in Texas, which was once swampland at the time when these imposing creatures were around.
Learn More: Dinopedia
40. Queen Scallop
The queen scallop is an aquatic bivalve mollusk that loves the waters of the British Isles but is also found in the Mediterranean Sea. Their striped or chevron-marked shells are characterized by 20 ridges and can range in color from pink to yellow to brown.
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41. Queen Victoria Riflebird
This bird has a rather unique decorating style as it is known to adorn their nest with snakeskin! The Queen Victoria riflebird inhabits parts of Queensland, Australia, where they make their homes in mangrove forests and their calls emanate from their long, curved beaks as “yaars!”
Learn More: Bird Forum
42. Queensland Shark
This shark species is found in the tropical waters of the Pacific Ocean, from Papua New Guinea to Vietnam and India. It is also known as the graceful shark, but this shark is not the prettiest-looking fish – it has a spindle-shaped body and a wedge-like snout. There have been no recorded attacks on humans; this fish instead prefers a meal of bony fish, especially jackfish.
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43. Queen Butterfly
This common species of butterfly is often mistaken for a monarch due to its coloring. However, the queen butterfly’s wings have fewer bold, black lines than their cousins. Though they are separate species, monarchs and queens do actually have a lot in common, including migratory patterns and a preference for milkweed!
Learn More: Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
44. Qattara Gecko
Despite being classed as a medium-sized gecko, this little guy only grows to around 14 cm! The Qattara gecko is found in Egypt and Libya and tends to cluster around small water sources with vegetation in its otherwise arid habitat. Like many geckos, it loves to feed on crickets and other insects.
Learn More: MEMIM Encyclopedia
45. Quaira Spiny Rat
This species of rat is a nocturnal animal that makes its home in Venezuela. These tiny creatures prefer to eat nuts, grains, and seeds that they forage from their habitat. Like many species of rodents, these rats have a short lifespan of just a few years.
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The quedius beetle belongs to a group of over 800 species! This insect is found throughout Europe, primarily in forests where they can make their homes in logs and damp leaf piles. They also tend to invade the burrows and nests of other animals like wasps or birds.
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The quail-dove is a beautiful bird with vibrant purple and turquoise feathers. These birds prefer a warmer climate and make their homes throughout Florida and the Caribbean. These birds love life on the ground, and rather than making nests in trees, they prefer to nest on or close to the ground!
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The quail-plover is a species of bird that lives throughout Sub-Saharan Africa. These birds are well-suited to dry areas and actually make their nests by burrowing in the sand! Their predominantly brown-colored feathers with cream markings help these birds blend seamlessly into their environment.
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49. Queen Crab
The queen crab of the Bering Sea is more commonly known as the snow crab. These animals have striking green eyes, long spindly legs, and a pair of claws that they use both defensively and as tools. Queen crabs are prolific breeders, with females carrying up to 100,000 eggs!
Learn More: NOAA Fisheries
Sea serpent? Eel? Nope – this slithery sea creature is the quillfish. It gets its name from its long, feathery appearance and although it closely resembles the venomous sea snake, it is harmless to humans. These amazing animals are attracted to light and at night, they have been spotted floating on the surface of the shallow waters of the Pacific Ocean!
Learn More: Ocean Info