Animals starting with B

List of animals that start with B

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Baboon

Photo of a baboon.
Photo by Lip Kee
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Scientific name: genus: papio

There are lots of different kinds of baboon. They are a kind of monkey. They live in Africa, on the ground, not in trees. Baboons have long muzzles like dogs, tails, and male baboons often have a mane.
Baboons eat mostly plants, fruit and insects, but will also eat fish and small animals.

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Baby

Photo of a baby
Photo by Giraffian
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A baby is a very young person. Babies are small and helpless, and can't walk or talk. When babies get a little bit older, they move around by crawling on their hands and knees.

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Bacteria

Bacteria are organisms that have only one cell. In contrast, humans are made up of millions of cells. Bacteria are so small they cannot be seen, but if enough of them are in the same place you will be able to see them.
Most bacteria are harmless or even beneficial, but some can cause food poisoning, infection and disease.

Photo of a bactrian camel
Photo by Tom Rolfe
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Scientific name: camelus bactrianus

The bactrian camel is different to the dromedary camel because it has two humps instead of one. There are a lot less bactrian camels, and there are very few wild ones left.

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Badger

Photo of a badger
Photo by Reg Mckenna
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Scientific name: meles meles (European badger)

Badgers are related to weasels, otters, wolverines and ferrets. They eat small animals and sometimes insects. Badgers come from Europe. They are excellent diggers, and make themselves burrows called setts.
A male badger is a boar, a female badger is a sow and a baby badger is a cub. The collective name for a group of badgers is a cete.

Scientific name: order: peramelemorphia

Bandicoots are small marsupials from Australia. Most bandicoots are about the same size as a rabbit. They eat plants as well as insects and small animals. There are around 20 different species of bandicoot.

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Barnacle

Barnacles live only in the sea. They are related to crabs and lobsters.
Barnacles stick themselves to a surface and live there in the same place for their entire adult lives. You usually see them on the beach stuck to rocks, or stuck to the bottom of boats. They eat small sea creatures that drift past them in the water.

Photo of a basset hound
Photo by Sari Dennise
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Basset hounds are dogs with very short legs. They were bred as scent hounds, to track rabbits by smell. Basset hounds are white with coloured patches.

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Bat

Photo of a bat.
Photo by Ben Charles
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Scientific name: order: chiroptera

A bat is a flying animal (not a bird). Its arms have evolved into wings. Most bats eat fruit or insects. Bats usually travel around at night and sleep during the day. They hang upside down by their feet in trees or on the ceiling of caves.

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Bay

A bay horse is a reddish brown, with a black mane, tail and lower legs. Bay horses may have white markings on their face or feet.