Animals - Russian Vocabulary

Here's how to say common Russian words and terms for the animal world.
Simply browse down the page to find vocabulary words for all types of animals, insects and birds:

Pets

кот cat, tomcat  [koht]
кошка female cat  [kohsh-kah]
котёнок    kitten  [kah-tyoh-nahk]
собака dog  [sah-bah-kah]
щенок puppy  [schee-nohk]
хомячок hamster  [khah-myah-chohk]
рыбка a tank fish  [rip-kah]

Forest animals

медведь    bear  [myehd-vyeht']
бобёр beaver  [bah-byohr]
олень deer  [ah-lyehn']
белка squirrel  [byehl-kah]
лиса fox  [lee-sah]
волк wolf  [vohlk]
крот mole  [kroht]
крыса rat  [kri-sah]
ёж dedgehog  [yozh]
мышь mouse  [mish']
енот raccoon  [yeh-noht]
тигр tiger  [teegr]
обезьяна monkey  [ah-bee-zyah-nah]
улитка snail  [oo-leet-kah]

Birds

птица    a bird  [ptee-tsah]
воробей sparrow  [vah-rah-bey]
сова owl  [sah-vah]
коллибри hummingbird  [kah-leeb-ree]
утка duck  [oot-kah]
гусь goose  [goos']
пингвин penguin  [pyehn-gveen]
чайка sea-gull  [chai-kah]
лебедь swan  [lyeh-bid']
голубь pegion  [go-loob']
скворец starling  [skva-ryehts]
дятел woodpecker  [dyah-tyehl]
ворон raven  [voh-run]
ворона crow  [vah-roh-nah]
снегирь bullfinch  [snyeh-geer']
попугай parrot  [pah-poo-gahy]
канарейка canary  [kah-nah-ryehy-kah]

Ocean animals

рыба fish  [ri-bah]
акула shark  [ah-koo-lah]
дельфин dolphin  [dyehl'-feen]
осьминог octopus  [ohs'-mee-nohk]
кит whale  [keet]
медуза jellyfish  [mee-doo-zah]
краб crab  [krahp]
лобстер lobster  [lohp-stehr]
морская звезда starfish  [mahr-skah-yah zveez-dah]
креветка shrimp  [kree-vyeht-kah]
гребешок scallop  [gryeh-byeh-shok]
выдра otter  [vid-rah]
морж walrus  [mohrzh]

Reptiles and amphibians

черепаха turtle  [chyeh-ree-pah-khah]
игуана iguana  [ee-goo-ah-nah]
ящерица lizard  [yah-schee-ree-tsah]
змея snake  [zmee-yah]
жаба toad  [zhah-bah]
лягушка frog  [lee-goosh-kah]
головастик tadpole  [gah-lah-vahs-teek]
крокодил crocodile  [krah-kah-deel]

Farm animals

корова cow  [kah-roh-vah]
телёнок calf  [tee-lyoh-nahk]
буйвол buffalo  [booi-vahl]
овца sheep  [ahf-tsah]
баран ram  [bah-rahn]
козёл goat&nbap;(male)  [kah-zyohl]
коза goat (female)  [kah-zah]
осёл donkey  [ah-syol]
курица hen  [koo-ree-tsah]
яйцо an egg  [yahy-tsoh]
свинья pig  [sveen'-yah]
петух rooster  [pee-tookh]
заяц hare  [zah-yahts]
кролик rabbit  [kroh-leek]
лошадь horse  [loh-shat']
скот cattle  [skoht]

African animals (and some others)

антелопа antelope  [ahn-tee-loh-pah]
горилла gorilla  [gah-ree-lah]
шимпанзе chimpanzee  [sheem-pahn-zeh]
лев lion  [lyehf]
жираф giraffe  [zhee-rahf]
зебра zebra  [zyehb-rah]
леопард leopard  [lyeh-oh-pahrt]
страус ostrich  [strah-oos]
верблюд camel  [vyehr-blyoot]
слон elephant  [slohn]
ягуар jaguar  [yah-goo-ahr]
киви kiwi  [kee-vee]
динозавр dinosaur  [dee-nah-zahvr]
кенгуру kangaroo  [kyehn-goo-roo]
коала koala  [koh-ah-lah]

Insects

жук beetle  [zhook]
насекомое insect  [nah-see-koh-mah-yeh]
бабочка butterfly  [bah-bahch-kah]
муха fly  [moo-khah]
паук spider  [pah-ook]
комар mosquito  [kah-mahr]
пчела bee  [pchee-lah]
червяк worm  [chyer-vyahk]
муравей ant  [moo-rah-vyehy]
оса wasp  [ah-sah]
кузнечик grasshopper  [kooz-nyeh-cheek]
скорпион scorpion  [skahr-pee-ohn]
стрекоза dragonfly  [stree-kah-zah]
божья коровка ladybug  [bohzh-yah kah-rohf-kah]
мотылёк moth  [mah-ti-lyohk]

Other terms for animals

самка a female  [sahm-kah]
самец a male  [sah-myets]
домашнее животное a pet  [dah-maash-nee-yeh zhi-voht-nah-yeh]
млекопитающее mammal  [mlyeh-kah-pee-tah-yoo-schi-yeh]
рептилия reptile  [ryehp-tee-lee-yah]
плотоядный carnivore  [plah-tah-yahd-niy]
полосатый striped  [pah-lah-sah-tiy]
всеядный omnivore  [vsyeh-yahd-niy]
травоядный herbivore  [trah-vah-yahd-niy]
дикий wild  [dee-keey]
домашний domestic  [dah-mahsh-niy]
паутина a spiderweb  [pah-oo-tee-nah]
крыло a wing  [kri-loh]
клык a fang  [klik]
коготь a claw  [koh-gaht']
копыто a hoof  [kah-pi-toh]
рог a horn  [rohk]
хвост a tail  [khvohst]
блеять to bleat  [blyeh-yaht']
лаять to bark  [lah-yaht']
мяукать to mew  [mee-oo-khaht']
мычать to moo  [mi-chaht']




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