10 Charming Animals Whose Names Begin with The Letter R

They might not be as popular compared to rabbit, rat, robin, reindeer, rhino – but these animals whose names begin with the letter R are simply charming!

They may not be as popular as Rabbit, Rat, Robin, Rhinoceros, Rooster or Rottweiler….but these charming animals deserve their spot on our list of animals whose names begin with the letter R.

Raccoon

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Raccoons (Procyon lotor) are medium-sized mammals endemic to North and South America. These nocturnal are found in different habitats such as prairies, forests, marshes, and urban areas. Raccoons are easily identified by the black markings around their eyes resembling a mask. They have clawed feet with long fingers and toes. The dense furs varies from gray to brown. They have pointed snouts and bushy, black-ringed tails. Adults measure about 60 to 95 cm long and weigh around 1.8 to 10.4 kg. Raccoons are omnivores; they feed on fish, frogs, mice, birds, other small mammals, plants, fruits, nuts and even human garbage.  In the wild, raccoons can live  from 2 to 3 years.

Redpoll

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Redpolls are small passerine birds found mostly in the Northern Hemisphere. There are three known species of redpolls namely: Common Redpoll (Carduelis flammea), Lesser Redpoll (Carduelis cabaret), and the Arctic Redpoll (Carduelis hornemanni). They are generally brown or gray-brown in color and with the distinguishable red markings on their foreheads. The bill is small and yellow. Adults average 11.5-14.5 cm long with 20-25 cm wingspan and weigh between 12-16 g. Redpolls are generally seed-eaters but at times feed on small insects.

Red Brocket

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The Red Brocket (Mazama americana), is a species of brocket deer widespread in the dense forests of Central and South America. These small diurnal animals inhabit swamps, rivers and marshes. When fully-grown, Red Brocket deer measure 70-130 cm long,  69-71 cm tall, and weigh 16-25 kg. Generally, they have reddish brown coats, arched back, and slender body. Males sport anthers that can measure 10-13 cm 4-in length. They feed mostly on leaves, grasses, buds and fruits. Red Brocket deer are excellent swimmers.

Redhead

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The Redhead (Aythya americana) is a medium-sized diving duck found across North America, Australia and New Zealand. These migratory birds are found in variety of habitat including ponds, freshwater lakes, coastal waters, marshlands and bays. Adults grow to about 37 cm long with an 84 cm wingspan and weigh up to 0.95-1.4 kg. Redhead adult males sport reddish-chestnut head, black breast, and gray back. It has red neck, yellow eyes and blue bill. The adult females have white breast, brown head and back. These birds find food by diving or dabbling. They feed on leaves, tubers, muskgrass, wild celery, duckweeks, bulrush seeds, water lily seeds and wild rice.

Red Uakari

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The Red Uakari (Cacajao calvus), is relatively a small monkey found in the jungles of South America in particular Brazil, Columbia and Peru. It is roughly 58 cm tall and weighs around 4 kg. The fur color varies from white to golden to red depending on the subspecies. All Red Uakaris are characterized by their shaggy coats, bald heads, pink two red faces, wide eyes and short tails. These agile primates feed mainly on fruits, flowers, seeds as well as small animals. Their population is in a decline due to rampant hunting and habitat loss.Currently, the IUCN lists the Red Uakari  as “vulnerable”.

Rhea

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Rheas are either of two species of large, flightless birds endemic to South America. The two known extant species are the Greater Rhea (Rhea Americana) and the Lesser Rhea (Rhea pennata). Resembling an ostrich but are smaller, Rheas have gray-brown plumage, small heads with pointed beaks, long necks, rounded bodies, and powerful ling legs. These shy but agile birds can reach 120 cm tall and weigh up to 20 kg. They are omnivorous and feed on leaves, beetles, lizards and grasshoppers.

Ring-tailed Lemur

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The Ring-tailed lemur (Lemur catta) is a medium-sized primate native only on the African island of Madagascar.  It has a distinctive long, bushy, vividly striped, black-and-white tail. The skin is smooth and dark gray or black in color. It sports a white head marked with large, dark patches around the eyes. It also has a dark, pointed snout and a long tail longer than its body. The ring-tailed lemur  averages 39 – 46 cm in head–body length with a 56 – 63 cm tail and weighs around 2.2 kilograms. A diurnal animal, it feeds mainly on fruits but also eat leaves, flowers and sap. The IUCN listed the Ring-tailed lemurs as “endangered” due to habitat loss. In the wild, it has a life span of lives 16 to 19 years and can live up to 27 years in captivity.

Redstart

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Redstarts are any of several species of small passerine birds widespread in the Western Hemisphere. Adults can reach 13-14.5 cm long with 21-24 cm wing span and 12-20 g. Redstarts have black faces, black bill, black legs, gray upperparts, orange breasts and long, red tail. Most species are migratory and breed almost anywhere including woodlands, gardens, orchards, parks and :and quarries. Redstarts are insectivores feeding mainly on insects and their larvae.

Roadrunner

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The roadrunners (also known as Ground Cuckoo),are two species of  fast-running terrestrial birds native to North and Central America. The two existing species of these ground foraging cuckoos are: Greater Roadrunner (Geococcyx californianus) and Lesser Roadrunner (Geococcyx velox.) Their habitats include deserts,  open grasslands, and thorny scrubs. Roadrunners are sprint runners that can run at speeds of up to 24 km per hour. On average, they can reach  50 -58 cm long from tail to beak. They are known for their distinctive head crest, oversized dark bill, long legs and black-and-white, plumage. Roadrunners are and feed on anything including fruits, insects, small reptiles, rodents, and small animals.

Rook

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Rooks (Corvus frugilegus) are small passerine birds widely distributed in north and central Europe and some parts of Asia. They prefer farmlands and wooded steppes. They sport a distinctive all-black plumage with gray-white  face. They have black legs and feet, feathered, rounded nostrils, and strong, thin beaks. Adults can reach 45 to 47 cm in size and weighs from about 337 – 531 grams. Rooks feed mainly on earthworms, insect larvae, other small mammals, fruits, and cereal grains.

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  1. crisdiwata

    On September 28, 2011 at 3:21 am

    Charming indeed. The beauty of nature, a priceless work of art.

  2. MMichaels

    On September 28, 2011 at 3:25 am

    Nice article sir ^_^

  3. pruelpo

    On September 28, 2011 at 3:54 am

    Oh – you are already on letter R…they are all charming dude happily existing. Wish they would not become the subject for hunting…

  4. goygoy

    On September 28, 2011 at 4:04 am

    really charming papaleng, ,hehehe love this animals

  5. jennifer eiffel01

    On September 28, 2011 at 4:50 am

    Excellent! I loved it! I want a red Uakari because they are so cute.
    We supposedly have raccoons where I live, in the city, but I have never seen one. But a neighbor who sits outside to smoke told my mom and I about them.
    We do have a groundhog that is living under our porch that we named Jerry ever since an Eagle carried off my dog. Grat pet, feeds himself, do not have to leave a radio on when we leave like we had to my dog. We can also go on vacation without havig to pay for a kennel and a fortune for a kennel cough shot.

  6. Suni51

    On September 28, 2011 at 4:56 am

    Wonderful share papaleng, Really loved it.

  7. Sunjhini

    On September 28, 2011 at 5:34 am

    racoon looks very cute

  8. http://codedincantation.com/blog/

    On September 28, 2011 at 6:05 am

    The letter S would be next :-)

  9. Nostalgic 90s Kid

    On September 28, 2011 at 8:06 am

    Interesting post. Must love animals?

  10. CHAN LEE PENG

    On September 28, 2011 at 10:21 am

    Those animals are really IMPRESSIVE. Thanks. :-)

  11. LoveDoctor

    On September 28, 2011 at 10:23 am

    I love the redhead and redstart. Racoons are cute, but I start running whenever I see one especially at the beach. I’m not familiar with some of these animals. An interesting and thorough share. Lovely images.

  12. Jamie Myles

    On September 28, 2011 at 11:26 am

    I like racoons. We have one that visits our yard and is real friendly.

    The Red Brocket is a beautiful beautiful animal that also existed on the island of Tobago until very recent historical times, It is believed they were all killed off by poachers there.

  13. juliachild

    On September 28, 2011 at 11:33 am

    Great post

  14. PR Mace

    On September 28, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    Another well done educational article of good use to school age children. I will send this link to my son for his five year old daughter.

  15. lapasan

    On September 28, 2011 at 8:07 pm

    Those animals are indeed charming.

  16. reiny

    On September 28, 2011 at 11:13 pm

    R charming animals.. great..

  17. Joe Ram

    On September 30, 2011 at 2:10 am

    yeah really nice.

  18. mtrguanlao

    On October 1, 2011 at 5:51 am

    Idol nakakita na naman po ako ng bagong animals because of your article,hehe! I like the redpolls!

  19. Melody SJAL

    On October 1, 2011 at 10:22 pm

    Awesome creatures.

  20. erwinkennythomas

    On October 3, 2011 at 4:46 pm

    charming! excellent job!

  21. vijayanths

    On October 3, 2011 at 10:54 pm

    Charming pictures too.

  22. mtrguanlao

    On October 4, 2011 at 12:25 am

    Ay,may comment na po pala ako,lol! Relocation to for sure :)

  23. Farzeela Fee Faisal

    On October 4, 2011 at 3:20 am

    I love the first one… cuteee

  24. CHAN LEE PENG

    On October 4, 2011 at 5:26 am

    You made wonderful piece to read. Thanks again, papaleng!

  25. Christine Ramsay

    On October 4, 2011 at 6:31 am

    A well researched post. I have actually heard of some of these creatures. I wonder whether the road runner can fly as well.

  26. ittech

    On October 4, 2011 at 7:34 am

    motivating

  27. FX777222999

    On October 5, 2011 at 10:59 am

    Charming indeed, and amazing.

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