Exotic Animals in Brazil

example of exotic animals in brazil: a capivara é um animal muito fofo!

Hi galera! In our Dica today we are going to talk about Exotic Animals in Brazil. Did you know you can find a lot of rare animals in Brazil? Let’s learn not only about them, but also about exotic birds from Brazil!!

But Why Learn about Exotic Animals in Brazil?

Brazil is one of the countries with the greatest diversity of fauna, flora and biomes in the world. Many of the habitats of these creatures are protected by law. Scientists estimate that the amount of fauna and flora present in the Brazilian territory reaches four million different species. To continue learning portuguese online, we will focus today on the vocabulary related to exotic animals that live in the Brazilian territory. Let’s take a look at this vocabulary and learn more about these species.

List of Exotic Animals in Brazil


capybara is a exotic animal from brazil

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The capybara is a very well loved animal in Brazil for its tranquil nature. It is the largest rodent in the world, weighing up to 91 kg and measuring up to 1.2 m in length and 60 cm in height.


bicho-preguiça is an exotic animal from brazil

(Javier Mazzeo at Unsplash)

The name “Preguiça” and “bicho-preguiça” (lazy animal!) refer to the animal’s extremely slow behavior. Did you know they are great swimmers? Sloths are native to the American continent.

Sapo Vidro

They have this name (glass toad) because their bodies are almost transparent. They are one of the most unique creatures in the Animal Kingdom. The transparency in their skin helps them camouflage against predators in their natural habitat.  You can see their pictures here.

Boto Cor-de-Rosa

boto cor de rosa: exotic animals in brazil

(Mônica Imbuzeiro at WikiCommons)

The pink dolphin is the largest freshwater dolphin in the world. In Brazilian folklore, it is said that the pink dolphin has the property of transforming itself into a charming man to impregnate women.


mico leão dourado is a exotic animal from brazil

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The mico-leão dourado is a primate that lives exclusively in the Brazilian Atlantic Forest, in the state of Rio de Janeiro. It’s a very famous animal in popular culture, and it’s even illustrated on the twenty reais bill.


tamanduá bandeira is an exotic animal from brazil

(Denis Doukhan at Pixelbay)

The tamanduá bandeira anteater is huge! It reaches about 2 meters in length and weighs up to 40 kilos. It is found in Central and South America.


The wrasse lives in shallow reefs in the tropical and subtropical regions of the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea. You can easily see this beautiful fish here.


armadillo from brazil

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The name of this little armadillo comes from the fact that it can curl up and stay in a ball shape. He was chosen as the 2014 world cup mascot and was given the nickname Fuleco.


gato do mato: exotic animals in brazil

(Joel Santana at Pixelbay)

The wild gato-macarajá lives in all biomes of Brazil, but it is mainly associated with a forest environment. They can climb trees easily to hunt other animals.


toninha: exotic animals in brazil

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This Porpoise is closely related to whales and dolphins. What differentiates toninhas from dolphins is that toninhas have spatula-shaped teeth, while dolphins have conical teeth.


This little primate is a type of marmoset, and lives in the Amazon Forest. He got this name because his body coat is different from his face, which makes him look like he wears a collar. You can see pictures of this animal here.

Tarantula Joelho-Branco

tarantula joelho branco: exotic animals from brazil

(Oleg Didenco at Unsplash)

This spider belongs to the genus of tarantulas, which are famous for having a body covered with bristles, which look a lot like hair. Although they look dangerous, they are not a danger to us humans.


The macaco-esquilo, also known as saimiri, live in tropical forests in South America and Central America. These squirrel monkeys have yellow-ish fur and white faces. You can take a look at this beautiful animal here.

Rã Dardo Venenoso

rã dardo venenoso: exotic animals in brazil(Marcel Langthim at Pixelbay)

This frog is considered to be the most poisonous animal on the planet! It has over a hundred toxins that are powerful enough to kill several people with just a single specimen.


This snake looks a lot like a dragon! She is bright yellow, and her name comes from the fact that she has scales on top of her eyes. Take a look at this awesome snake here.


jacare açu: exotic animals in brazil

(Joel Santana at Pixelbay)

The jacaré-açu is unique to South America. These caimans are so big and dangerous that they can even prey on pumas, jaguars, pythons and anacondas.


puma: exotic animals in brazil

(Corinna St. at Pixelbay)

The puma is a nocturnal animal that came to exist throughout the American continent. Today it only inhabits a few places in Central and South America.


macaco prego: exotic animals in brazil

(Nelson Brazys at Pixelbay)

These primates are very adaptable, living from forests to ridges, at sea level or at altitudes. They are present from the Amazon to Argentina.


bugio: exotic animals in brazil

(Cesar Vallejo at Pixelbay)

Howler monkeys are predominantly leaf-eating primates, mainly ingesting shoots and leaves. Their characteristic vocalizations can be heard from miles away.


onça pintada: exotic animals in brazil

(Ian Lindsay at Pixelbay)

Also known as jaguar, the jaguar is the third largest feline in the world. They are excellent swimmers, and live alone. They can weigh up to 160 kilos!

Exotic Birds from Brazil


arara: exotic animals in brazil

(Jaime Dantas at Unsplash)

Arara is a Tupi term that means “many colors”. Araras of many colors exist, and deforestation and animal trafficking have endangered most of them. This is for sure one of the most popular exotic birds from Brazil!


This little bird has white feathers and a red top of its head. It was only discovered in 1996, and is threatened with extinction. You can see more about this little animal here.


tucano: exotic animals in brazil

(Carmel Arquelau at Unsplash)

Toucans are divided into forty species! Like macaws, they come in a wide variety of colors and types. The most famous, however, is the tucano-toco, which is pictured above.

Gavião Real

exotic bird: harpy eagle

(Jiang Chunsheng at Wikicommons)

The Harpy Eagle is one of the largest and most powerful eagles in the world, known for its majestic appearance and impressive hunting abilities.

Papagaio Verdadeiro

exotic bird: papagaio verdadeiro

(Jair da Costa Moreira at Wikicommons)

The Amazon Parrot is a green parrot that is about 37 centimeters long and weighs around 400 grams. It has blue, green and yellow feathers, just like the Brazilian flag!


exotic bird: seriema

(Manfred Werner at Wikicommons)

The Red-legged Seriema is a distinctive bird species found in the grasslands and scrublands of South America, including parts of Brazil. Recognized for its long legs, reddish legs, and grayish plumage, it possesses a unique appearance that combines features of both raptors and ground-dwelling birds.

Tiê Sangue

exotic bird: tiê sangue

(Alex Stasu at Wikicommons)

The Brazilian Tanager is a brilliantly colored bird species native to Brazil and other parts of South America. Its plumage is a striking combination of jet black, bright red, and contrasting turquoise. This tanager, known for its melodious songs and active behavior, is often found in forested and semi-open habitats.

Pronunciation of Exotic Animals in Brazil

Let’s watch a video and get to know the pronunciation of some Brazilian exotic animals:

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