Below you can find a complete list of Honduran animals. We currently track 252 animals in Honduras and are adding more every day!
Much like Costa Rica, Honduras is a nation that understands the importance of preserving their natural wildlife, and they’ve largely been exceptional stewards of the land. Yet, threats like deforestation and aggressive ranching are jeopardizing the natural integrity of the landscape. It’s certainly a land worth preserving. Majestic and terrifying wild cats like the jaguar and puma are accompanied by more conventional native mammals like coyotes and white-tailed deer.
But while Honduras is home to some unique mammals, it’s just as renowned for its unique bird population. Over a hundred types of birds call Honduras home, and that list includes rare species like the quetzal and the wine-throated hummingbird. While there’s only a single species — the Honduran Emerald — that can only be found exclusively in Honduras, it crosses critical migratory patterns for countless breeds of birds from around the world.
The Honduran population of scaly and slimy wildlife isn’t as diverse as its cats and avian wildlife, but there are still over a hundred interesting reptiles and amphibians who call Honduras home. Of particular note is the basilisk. While the basilisk can’t turn you into stone with its stare as its mythical counterpart can, these animals have the unique ability to run across the water on their hind legs.
The Official National Animal of Honduras
The Yucatan white-tailed deer is the national animal of Honduras, but it will look familiar to plenty of people throughout North America as well. If you were to see them from a distance or encounter them for the first time, the Yucatan white-tailed deer might be indistinguishable from the breed of white-tailed deer that calls the United States and Canada home. But more experienced observers will notice that these unique animals are actually significantly smaller. Fully grown Yucatan white-tailed deer will weigh 70 to 80 pounds on average and are roughly 3 feet tall and 4.5 feet long. These unique qualities make Honduras’ national animal stand apart from the 37 other subspecies of white-tailed deer.
While the Honduran national animal may be familiar, their national bird, the scarlet macaw, is in a much more dangerous position. Because while the colorful combination of red, blue, and yellow that makes up this parrot’s unique plumage is familiar, the national bird is considered an endangered species. And while the territorial range for scarlet macaws can cover over 4 million square miles, Honduras is one of the few countries with native populations of this endangered species.
Where To Find The Top Wild Animals in Honduras
The diversity of natural wildlife in Honduras is vast, but there are a few places within Honduras that are particularly rich in unique animals.
- Lancetilla Botanical Garden is one of the largest tropical botanical gardens in the world, and the abundance of flora makes it a mecca for migratory birds. Hundreds of bird species, both migratory and native, call Lancetilla home.
- Rio Platano Biosphere Reserve is home to one of the most vibrant and unique mammal populations in Central America. These include rare and imperiled species like the giant anteater, West Indian manatee, and Mexican spider monkey.
- Pico Bonito National Park is the most likely place to find jaguars, but this endangered species is still rare to see. It also hosts other jungle cats like pumas, ocelots, and the adorably miniature margay.
The Most Dangerous Animals In Honduras Today
The Honduran jungle isn’t as dangerous as Hollywood might lead us to believe, but there are some truly lethal wildlife that prowls through the national wildlife parks of Honduras.
- Jaguars are a near-threatened species, but they’re formidable predators in their own right. These dangerous cats have enough force in their bite to pierce the skins of crocodiles and the shells of turtles.
- Those crocodiles that jaguars wrestle with are plenty dangerous in their own right. Their jaws are capable of applying 3,7000 pounds of pressure per square inch.
- Poisonous snakes are the most dangerous wildlife for humans. The venomous coral snake is prodigious in Honduras, but the country is also home to unique breeds like the green palm pit viper and the Barba armarilla.
Endangered Animals In Honduras
As is the case throughout Central America, poaching and deforestation have put many of Honduras’ native species in jeopardy. While migratory patterns make it sometimes hard to identify which endangered species are actually in Honduras, estimates range in the hundreds for animal species. Here are some of the noteworthy ones:
- Central American tapir – A strange creature that resembles a warthog, this tapir can also be found in Mexico and is the national animal of Belize.
- Margay – The margay cat looks similar to an ocelot but is much smaller. Grown margays weigh around 7 or 8 pounds on average.
- West Indian manatee – This creature also known as the sea cow was once a common sight along the bays and coastlines of Central America, but commercial activities in its natural habitats are making them increasingly rare.
Their nests are sloppily held together and have an abandoned appearance
These parrots can be trained to be "talking birds" that mimic human speech
Don't eat raw eel! Their blood is poisonous to humans when consumed raw.
Their name means snake bird
There are just under 400 species, several of which change color.
First evolved 100 million years ago!
Found throughout the Southern Hemisphere!
Can curl into a hard, protective ball!
They are so named because they "march" in armies of worms from one crop to another in search of food
Asian lady beetles infest indoor spaces, but they do not reproduce indoors.
Found everywhere around the world!
Older offspring help care for new hatchlings.
Detects prey using echolocation!
There are 8 different species!
Bed bugs feed for 4-12 minutes.
Rock paintings of bees date back 15,000 years
There are more than 350,000 different species
Not all birds are able to fly!
The biscuit beetle form a symbiotic relationship with yeast
They typically prey on insects!
The blind snake is often mistaken for a worm.
Blue grosbeak parents take off the head, legs and wings of an insect before feeding it to their baby.
They travel and forage in pairs or groups
About double the size of a domestic cat!
Seabirds found across the South Pacific!
Can live its entire life indoors
The burrowing owl lives in underground burrows
There are thought to be up 17,500 species!
Some species' babies use their hooked or scraper-like teeth to peel off and eat their mother's skin
Can grow to up 6 meters long!
The camel crickets that are found in the USA are light brown in color. They also have dark streaks all over their body.
Carpenter ants can lift up to seven times their own weight with their teeth!
First domesticated by the Ancient Egyptians!
The larvae of a moth or butterfly!
There are nearly 3,000 different species!
Their feathers have red, waxy tips that can be hard to identify unless you’re up close.
There are about 3,000 documented species!
It has the ability to expel a stinky liquid from its body as a way to make predators (and humans) retreat!
They inhabit regrowing forests
First domesticated more than 10,000 years ago!
There are more than 2 000 known species!
Found in dense forests and wet jungles!
Dated to be around 300 million years old!
Pupae are able to undergo diapause to survive poor fruit yield years and winter.
Form bands of up to 12 individuals!
The common furniture beetle feeds exclusively on wood
House spiders have the ability to eat most insects in a home.
There are over 80 species of coral snake worldwide.
There are nearly 1.5 million worldwide!
There are 93 different crab groups
Crab Spiders can mimic ants or bird droppings
Male crickets can produce sounds by rubbing their wings together
Have changed little in 200 million years!
A group of these birds is called a Murder.
They have specialized jaws for removing snails from shells.
First domesticated in South-East Asia!
Dog ticks feed on dogs and other mammals
First domesticated 5,000 years ago!
It's larvae are carnivorous!
The most popular species of feeder roach
Rows of tiny plates line their teeth!
The dung beetle can push objects many times its own weight
The Dusky Shark sometimes eats trash discarded by humans.
Some species can change color from dark to light, and back again.
Has exceptional eyesight!
They are hermaphrodites, which means they have male and female organs
There are nearly 2,000 different species!
They can live up to 9 years.
Eels can be a mere few inches long to 13 feet!
Have a lifespan of 20 years or more
The fastest creatures on the planet!
False spiders actually prey on black widow spiders and other hazardous spiders
The fiddler crab gets its name from the motion the males make with their over-sized claw during the mating ritual.
The firefly produces some of the most efficient light in the world
Adult fleas can jump up to 7 inches in the air
There are more than 240,000 different species!
Can glide up to 90 meters!
There are around 7,000 different species!
Fruit flies are among the most common research animals in the world
They build a ramp from their nest, which leads to a nearby water source
Can grow to more than 3m long!
There are thought to be over 2,000 species!
The most common type of urban roach
When giant leopard moths mate, their mating sessions last over 24 hours.
Found inhabiting dense woodland and caves!
Males form large mating swarms at dusk
There are 11,000 known species!
Their songs have cat-like qualities and can mimic other birds and animals, like tree frogs.
The gray fox has retractable claws and a rotating wrist that allow it to climb trees with some proficiency
Their wingspan is larger than an eagle’s; both males and females help hatch the eggs; rich in symbolism
This species makes use of some truly unusual nesting material, including snakeskin and garbage
At night, they make a terrifying low call that sounds like a distressed moan or growl.
Also known as the Millionfish!
One of the most invasive species in the world
They are natural pest controls
Able to run as quickly backwards as forwards!
Can reach speeds of over 40 mph!
Talon's the size of a grizzly bear's claws!
Their vision is eight times better than a human's
Many hawk moth caterpillars eat toxins from plants, but don’t sequester them the way milkweed butterflies do. Most toxins are excreted.
Parents and their young sing sweetly to each other
This dynastine scarab beetle makes a weird huffing sound when it’s disturbed.
Inhabits wetlands around the world!
They are loud, spirited birds with raucous cries that sound like bursts of laughter.
There are only 8 recognized species!
Has evolved over 50 million years!
Horseflies have been seen performing Immelmann turns, much like fighter jets.
The wren’s epithet, aedon, comes from a Greek queen who accidentally killed her only son. She was actually aiming for her nephew, and Zeus took pity on her and turned her into a nightingale.
Spends 80% of it's time resting!
Thought to have orignated 200,000 years ago!
Beat their wings up to 80 times per second!
Some huntsman spiders have an interesting way of moving around. Some cartwheel while others do handsprings or backflips.
Found in swamps, marshes and wetlands!
Uses visual signals to communicate!
There are an estimated 30 million species!
They form lifelong pair bonds and live in groups near water sources.
The jacana has the ability to swim underwater
The largest feline on the American continent!
Some can jump 50 times the length of their bodies
It's beak can reach nearly 20 cm long!
Inhabits wetlands and woodlands worldwide!
The kinkajou is a nimble forest-dwelling mammal of Central and South America.
There are more than 5,000 species worldwide!
They can jump up to three feet
There are around 5,000 different species!
Each locust can eat its weight in plants each day.
Only females have the ‘lone star’ marking
The largest species of parrot in the world!
Will only live in wet areas
They line their nests with fungi strands
Produces a toxin used in arrow darts!
There are 2,500 known species worldwide!
They have a symbiotic relationship with ants.
Some species have a poisonous bite!
Primarily hunts and feeds on Earthworms!
Adult Mole crickets may fly as far as 5 miles during mating season and are active most of the year.
Known for their calm and peaceful nature!
During migration, Monarch Butterflies may travel 250 or more miles each day.
Has characteristics of two or more breeds!
There are around 260 known species!
Moonglow boas are the result of mixing three genetic traits.
Feeds on aquatic insects and water-spiders!
Only the female mosquito actually sucks blood
There are 250,000 different species!
Has no real natural predators!
It is almost always the male who makes the famous sad sound, which is a wooing call
Found on every continent on Earth!
The offspring of a horse and donkey parents!
Unlike most duck species, the Muscovy is silent and only makes noise when excited or threatened.
There are more than 5,000 species.
They can reach speeds of 25 Mph but prefer to soar low and slow.
They live in coffee and citrus plantations during the winter
You can find them near golf courses in urban areas
Also known as the Painted Leopard!
Females are about four times the size of males
They reuse nesting sites for 70 years!
There are 13 different species worldwide
The owl can rotate its head some 270 degrees
Prefers to hunt at night than during the day!
Can live for up to 100 years!
Females lay between 8 and 12 eggs per clutch!
They can find their way back to their nests from up to 1300 miles away.
Pit vipers's fangs fold up into their mouths when they don't need them.
Inhabits the jungles of Central and South America!
There are 30 different species worldwide!
The mantis can turn its head 180 degrees.
Has longer back legs than front legs!
Inhabits woodland and forest areas worldwide!
The tail feathers of the male can be 1m long!
Known to wash their food before eating it!
Omnivores that eat anything!
Rat snakes are constrictors from the Colubridae family of snakes.
It's venom digests it's prey before it even swallows it!
Inhabits freshwater habitats around the world!
Roadrunners are one of the few animals that prey on rattlesnakes and tarantula hawk wasps.
There are more than 45 species in Australia alone!
The capybara, the world’s largest rodent, likes to be in and around bodies of water. Because of this, the Catholic Church in South America decided that it was a fish, and people were allowed to eat it during Lent and First Fridays.
Will mate with the entire flock!
Rose-breasted grosbeaks are closely related to cardinals
The only Spoonbill in the western hemisphere!
Canines up to 7 inches long!
Ferrets were used during the Revolutionary War to keep down the rat population.
There are more than 700 different species!
The sand crab burrows beneath the sand with its tail
Like many parrots, the scarlet macaw is capable of vocal mimicry.
There are around 2,000 known species!
The sea eagle tends to mate for life with a single partner
Males give birth to up to 1,000 offspring!
In captivity, sharp-shinned hawks can live up to 13 years. However, in the wild, this number is significantly reduced to 3 years!
Around 35 million in the English countryside!
The spinal column of the shrew Scutisorex somereni is so strong and reinforced that it can support the weight of an adult human.
There are 2,000 different species worldwide!
Some skinks lay eggs in some habitats while giving birth to skinklets in other habitats.
It's body temperature is between 30 - 34 degrees!
They glide around on one foot, which is aided by the slime they produce
Has up to 45 eggs per egg case
There are nearly 1,000 different species!
There are around 3,000 known species worldwide
Only found in North America!
There are 140 different species!
They prey on spiders to feed their larvae or they parasitize other spider wasps.
Small rodents found in woodlands worldwide!
There are more than 3,000 different species!
They can’t sing like other birds.
They remove bee stingers by rubbing them against a tree
Their wings form a “V” shape when flying.
Populations have been affected by pollution!
Tarantula hawks are excellent pollinators, especially for milkweed.
Their mounds can be up to 9 meters tall!
The American robin is called the robin because its red breast reminded European settlers of the robin back in the old country.
They inject hosts with a chemical that stops them from feeling the pain of the bite
The adult tiger beetle is one of the fastest land insects in the world
Can live until they are more than 150 years old!
There are more than 40 different species!
Found in warmer jungles and forests!
The tree swallow can make more than a dozen distinct vocalizations
Some species of aquatic turtles can get up to 70 percent of their oxygen through their butt.
Migrates up and down the mountains!
They make jerky movements as they walk through the grass, searching for food.
Have a heat sensor on the end of their nose!
They have a fast song that lasts up to 10 syllables at max.
A slender body and elongated snout give the vine snake a regal look.
Vinegaroons can spray 19 times before the glands are depleted
There are 30 different species worldwide!
There are around 75,000 recognised species!
They migrate farther north than any other tanager.
Many whiptail species reproduce asexually.
One of the world's most intelligent monkeys!
There are two different types of white ferrets!
White-tail deer are good swimmers
Although deer are herbivores, they will sometimes eat mice and birds when they can catch them.
Carnivorous arachnid that hunts its prey.
Temperature determines the sex of turtle eggs
This animal can roll up into a ball
There are 200 different species!
The males are responsible for choosing the nesting tree most of the time. Luckily, cavity nests are often reused for multiple breeding seasons (up to 7 years.)
Gives birth to live young.
They forage near the ground, searching leaves for insects
They can stay hidden in their burrows for months!
Honduran Animals List
Animals in Honduras FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)
What Animals Live in Honduras?
The ecosystem of Honduras extends from pine valleys to thick jungles and mangrove forests to sandy shores. The result is a very diverse ecosystem that includes apex predators like jaguars and crocodiles alongside less dangerous creatures like deer, tapir, and large turtles. It’s also notable for its huge selection of birds, though many come or go depending on their migratory patterns.
Are There Lions in Honduras?
While you won’t find traditional lions with majestic manes in Honduras, they are home to the mountain lion. These majestic cats can be found throughout America, including both the United States and Canada.
Are There Elephants in Honduras?
There are roughly 200 wild mammals in Honduras, but the elephant unfortunately isn’t one of them. You would need to travel to Asia or Africa to find a native population of elephants.
Are There Monkeys in Honduras?
Honduras is home to an abundant population of monkeys. Some of the most prominent species are howler monkeys and spider monkeys.