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42 Black and White Animals (A to Z List & Pictures)

black and white animals

Examples of black and white animals include Adélie penguin, Albatross, Badger, Bald-Faced Hornet, and Black and White Colobus.

Many animals are black and white, but did you know that there is a reason for this? Black and white animals use camouflage to hide from their predators.

It’s not just these animals that have adapted to the environment, though; humans also wear black and white clothes so they can blend in with the environment during times of war.

Examples of Animals that are Black and White

1. Adélie Penguin

Adélie Penguin
Scientific NamePygoscelis adeliae
Type of AnimalBird
RangeAntarctica
DietCarnivore

The Adélie penguin is a species of penguin common along the entire Antarctic coast and its nearby islands. They’re among the most southerly distributed of all seabirds, as well as one of Earth’s five penguin species.

Like other members in this genus, they breed around Antarctica during the austral winter.

2. Albatross

Albatross
Scientific NameDiomedeidae
Type of AnimalBird
Rangethe Southern Ocean
DietCarnivore

The albatross is a large black and white seabird that can be found in the Southern Hemisphere. They are known for their impressive wingspans, which can reach up to 11 feet.

3. Badger

badger
Scientific NameMeles meles
Type of AnimalMammal
RangeNorth America
DietOmnivore

The badger is a mammal that is found in North America and Europe. They are usually black and white, with some variation. The badger is a strong animal and can be ferocious when it needs to be.

They live in burrows which they dig themselves and eat mostly insects, small mammals, and fruits. Badgers are also known to be fierce creatures that will fight off larger animals.

4. Bald-Faced Hornet

Scientific NameDolichovespula maculata
Type of AnimalInsect
RangeUnited States
DietOmnivore

Bald-Faced Hornet is a very aggressive insect. It can sting repeatedly, injecting venom that acts to kill the prey. The bald-faced hornet has black and white markings on its abdomen with orange or brown coloring in between them.

They are about one inch long, which includes their long legs. Body parts that are not black and white in color include the mandibles, eyes, and antennae.

5. Belted Galloway

belted galloway
Scientific NameBos taurus taurus
Type of AnimalMammal
RangeDomesticated Worldwide
DietHerbivore

The Belted Galloway is a striking breed, with a completely black body and face apart from a single band of pure white fur stretching all the way around them like a belt.

Belted Galloway are from the border region between Scotland and England but are originally descended from the Netherlands.

Sometimes called “belties”, this breed is known for its gentle nature and top quality beef.

There are many other black and white cow breeds that are either descended from the Belted Galloway or share a common ancestor. These include the American Belted, which is sometimes known as the ‘Oreo’ cow.

6. Black and White Columbus

Colobus
Scientific NameColobus
Type of AnimalMammal
RangeKenya
DietHerbivore

Black and White Colobus Monkeys are an endangered species found in the forests of Kenya, they can be spotted at Casaletto Lodigiano. The rare monkeys live on a diet of leaves and fruit which makes them vulnerable to deforestation due to their habitat being destroyed by farming techniques such as slashing and burning.

7. Black Spotted Nudibranch

Scientific NamePhyllidiopsis papilligera Bergh
Type of AnimalGastropod
Range throughout the Indo Pacific
DietCarnivore

The Black Spotted Nudibranch can be found as far north as Norway and as south as the Mediterranean. They are usually only about one inch in length, but they have very bright colors that make them stand out to predators.

Their black-spotted coloration is thought to mimic other sea creatures like crabs or poisonous jellyfish for protection against predators.

8. Black-and-White Ruffed Lemur

Lemur
Scientific NameVarecia variegata
Type of AnimalMammal
RangeMadagascar
DietHerbivore

The black-and-white ruffed lemur (Varecia variegata) is a strepsirrhine primate endemic to Madagascar. It has two subspecies, the red ruffed lemur (V. v. rubra) and the white-ruffed lemur (V. v. alba).

These lemurs get their common name from the black and white bands that run down their bodies.

They are the largest of the lemur species, measuring up to 45 centimeters (18 in) long and weighing up to four kilograms (eight pounds).

9. Black-and-white Warbler

Warbler
Scientific NameMniotilta varia
Type of AnimalBird
RangeNorth America
DietCarnivore

70The Black-and-white Warbler is a songbird in the New World warbler family. It was formerly known as “Mountain Warbler”.

They breed in temperate forests of North America, from British Columbia south to central Mexico; east to West Virginia; and north through southern Alaska (though not on Kodiak Island or the Alaska Peninsula). In winter, they migrate to Mexico and Central America.

10. California King Snake

California King Snake
Scientific NameLampropeltis getula californiae
Type of AnimalReptile
RangeGolden State
DietCarnivore

The California kingsnake is a non-venomous, colubrid species that can be found throughout the southwestern United States and part of Mexico.

It gets its name from where it lives: in abandoned mining caves and along rocky outcrops just below hillsides. These snakes are not picky about their habitat as long as the area has plenty of cover and is relatively warm.

11. Clark’s Nutcracker Woodpecker

Scientific NameNucifraga columbiana
Type of AnimalBird
Rangewestern North America
DietOmnivore

Clark’s Nutcracker is a large, crested woodpecker that lives in the mountains of California and Oregon. This bird has white plumage on its belly, neck, chin, and rump. The rest of the underparts are black except for some red mottling on the breastbone.

12. Dall’s Porpoise

Scientific NamePhocoenoides dalli
Type of AnimalMammal
RangeNorth Pacific Ocean
DietCarnivore

Dall’s Porpoise is a small and slender species of porpoise. They have a small dorsal fin located towards the back half of their bodies, which can sometimes appear to be an extension of their tails. They are black on top with a white underbelly.

13. Dalmatian Dog

Dalmatian
Scientific NameCanis lupus familiaris
Type of AnimalMammal
RangeWorldwide
DietOmnivore

The Dalmatian is a breed of dog that was first used as a carriage dog in the early 1800s. They were bred to run alongside carriages and help clear the way by barking at horses and other animals.

Today, they are popular pets and can be found in many homes across North America. Dalmatians are typically white with black spots, but there are also some all-black and all-white varieties.

14. Dascyllus

Dascyllus Fish
Scientific NameDascyllus
Type of AnimalFish
Range Red Sea and East Africa
DietOmnivore

The Dascyllus aruanus is a species of damselfish found in the Indo-Pacific Ocean. These fish have black stripes running down their bodies, and they can grow up to 12 inches long.

15. Downy Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker
Scientific NamePicoides pubescens
Type of AnimalBird
RangeNorth America from Alaska to Florida
DietOmnivore

The Downy Woodpecker is a subspecies of the Hairy Woodpecker. This species can be found all over America, Canada, and northern Mexico.

They are common throughout most parts of their range except for Alaska where they are rare or absent due to the lack of trees in higher altitudes.

16. Dutch Rabbit

Dutch Rabbit
Scientific NameOryctolagus cuniculus
Type of AnimalMammal
RangeEurope
DietHerbivore

The Dutch rabbit is a popular pet choice and for good reason. They are friendly, easy to care for and come in a variety of colors including black and white. These rabbits make great indoor pets and can be litter trained relatively easily.

17. Egyptian Mau

Egyptian Mau
Scientific NameFelis catus
Type of AnimalMammal
RangeEgypt
DietOmnivore

Egyptian Mau Cats are striking cats that have beautiful black spots, golden eyes and ringed tails.

18. Eider Duck

Eider Duck
Scientific NameSomateria mollissima
Type of AnimalBird
RangeEurope, North America, and eastern Siberia
DietOmnivore

The eider duck is a sea duck that can be found in the cold Arctic waters. These ducks are unique because they are the only species of ducks where the male and female look completely different. The males have a black head and white body, while the females have a white head and black body.

19. Four Stripe Damselfish

four stripe damselfish
Scientific NameDascyllus melanurus
Type of AnimalFish
RangeIndo-Australian Archipelago and western Caroline
DietOmnivore

The four-stripe damselfish is a species of marine fish. It can grow up to three inches long, and it has bright blue and white stripes that may help them camouflage against the sea floor or coral reefs, especially when they are young.

These creatures tend to live in pairs at the bottom of the ocean where their food sources are plentiful.

20. Giant Leopard Moth

Leopard Moth
Scientific NameHypercompe scribonia
Type of AnimalInsect
RangeSouth America
DietHerbivore

Giant Leopard Moth caterpillars are black with white spots and aren’t venomous. They have yellow, blue, orange, or green stinging spines that can sting their predators.

21. Giant Panda

panda bear
Scientific NameAiluropoda melanoleuca
Type of AnimalMammal
Rangesouthwest China
DietHerbivore

Giant pandas are an endangered species and live primarily in a few mountain ranges of central China. Once common throughout southern and eastern China as well as the Tibetan Plateau, they lived in bamboo forests high in the mountains – where there is snow for half the year.

22. Holstein Cow

holstein
Scientific NameBos taurus taurus
Type of AnimalMammal
RangeDomesticated Worldwide
DietHerbivore

The Holstein-Friesian or simply the “Holstein”, is a breed of cattle known for its black and white color. This dairy cow was named after the county in which it originated: The Netherlands’ County of Holstein.

23. Holstein Friesian Cattle

Scientific NameBos taurus taurus
Type of AnimalMammal
Rangethe Netherlands
DietHerbivore

The Holstein Friesian is a black and white dairy cow. It is one of the most common breeds of cattle in the world. The Holstein Friesian was developed in the Netherlands in the early 1800s. It is a cross between the Dutch Friesian and the English Angus.

24. Honey Badger

honey badger
Scientific NameMellivora capensis
Type of AnimalMammal
RangeAfrica, Saudi Arabia, Iran, and western Asia
DietOmnivore

Honey badgers share a name with the American badger but are an entirely separate species of black and white animal found in the old world – anywhere from Africa, the middle east, to western Asia.

25. Loons

Loon
Scientific NameGavia
Type of AnimalBird
RangeAlaska and much of Canada south
DietCarnivore

Loons are black and white birds that can be found in North America. They are the state bird of Minnesota. Loons have a wide variety of calls that they use to communicate with each other.

26. Magpie

Magpie
Scientific NameCorvidae
Type of AnimalBird
RangeEurope, Asia, Australia, and western North America
DietOmnivore

The magpie is a common bird throughout much of the world, with many sub-species within the genus. These birds eat insects, grain, and fruit which makes them omnivores. They are known for being very defensive of their land and are prone to swooping unsuspecting passers by.

27. Malayan Tapir

Tapir
Scientific NameAcrocodia indica
Type of AnimalMammal
RangeSumatra and the Malay Peninsula
DietHerbivore

The Malayan tapir is a black and white animal that is found in Southeast Asia. It is the largest of the four species of tapir and can weigh up to 700 pounds. The Malayan tapir has a long, prehensile nose that it uses to grab leaves and branches from trees.

28. Orca Whale

orca
Scientific NameOrcinus orca
Type of AnimalMammal
RangeWorldwide
DietCarnivore

The Killer Whale or Orca Whale is a black and white animal that lives in the ocean. They are one of the largest animals in the ocean and can grow up to 30 feet long. Orcas are very smart animals and have been known to use tools, like rocks, to break open clamshells.

29. Penguins

penguin
Scientific NameSpheniscidae
Type of AnimalBird
RangeArctic
DietCarnivore

The coloring of penguins helps them to blend in with their surroundings when they are in the water. When they are on land, their black and white coloring makes them easily visible to predators and prey.

30. Pied Bat

Scientific NameChalinolobus
Type of AnimalMammal
RangeCongo
DietOmnivore

The Pied Bat is a fruit bat and one of the most iconic animals in Africa. It’s like the face you see on every good postcard, tote bag, or book cover with an African animal theme.

31. Razorbill

Razorbill
Scientific NameAlca torda
Type of AnimalBird
Rangethe North Atlantic
DietCarnivore

The razorbill is a black and white seabird that can be found in the Atlantic Ocean. These birds are about 18 inches long and have a wingspan of 36 inches. Razorbills get their name from their thin, pointed bill which is used to catch fish.

32. Ring-Tailed Lemur

ring tailed lemur
Scientific NameLemur catta
Type of AnimalMammal
Rangesouthwestern Madagascar
DietOmnivore

The ring-tailed lemur (Lemur catta), the most recognized lemur due to its long, black and white ringed tail, is a large strepsirrhine primate and the only member of the Lemur genus.

33. Royal Palm Turkey

wild turkey
Scientific NameMeleagris gallopavo f. domestica
Type of AnimalBird
RangeLake Worth, Florida
DietOmnivore

These turkeys have primarily black feathers with white accents on their wings as well as some other areas of their body.

34. Siberian Husky

Siberian Husky
Scientific NameCanis lupus familiaris
Type of AnimalMammal
RangeWorldwide
DietOmnivore

The Siberian Husky is a black and white dog that was originally used as a sled dog in Siberia. They are now popular pets because of their friendly personalities and beautiful coats.

35. Skunk

Hog-Nosed Skunks
Scientific NameMephitidae
Type of AnimalMammal
Rangethe United States, Canada, South America, and Mexico
DietOmnivore

The three North American animals that are commonly referred to as black and white animals are the skunk, raccoon, and opossum. All three of these animals have fur that is predominantly black and white, although there can be some variation in coloration.

36. Sooty Tern

Arctic Tern
Scientific NameOnychoprion fuscatus
Type of AnimalBird
RangeHawaii
DietCarnivore

Sooty Terns are black and white seabird that is found in tropical and subtropical waters. They have a long, pointed wingspan and a forked tail. Sooty Terns eat small fish, squid, and crustaceans.

37. Tasmanian Devils

Tasmanian Devil
Scientific NameSarcophilus harrisii
Type of AnimalMammal
RangeTasmania
DietCarnivore

Tasmanian devils are an endangered species of animal only found in Tasmania, an Australian state that is an island to the south of the Australian mainland.

38. Valais Blacknose

Valais Blacknose
Scientific NameOvis aries
Type of AnimalMammal
RangeSwitzerland
DietHerbivore

Valais Blacknose Sheep are a rare breed of sheep that are mostly found in the Valais canton of Switzerland. They have black heads, white bodies, and black wool on their legs.

39. Bengal Tiger

Bengal Tiger
Scientific NamePanthera tigris tigris
Type of AnimalMammal
RangeIndia, Bangladesh, Nepal, and Bhutan
DietCarnivore

They are very rare, and can only be found in the wild in India and Nepal. The white tiger is different from other tigers because they have a gene that causes them to be all white. White tigers are not albinos, they have normal pigmentation in their eyes and skin.

40. Zebra

Zebra
Scientific NameEquus quagga
Type of AnimalMammal
RangeAfrica
DietHerbivore

The zebra is one of the most well-known black and white animals. They are native to Africa and can be found in a variety of habitats, including grasslands and savannas.

41. Zebra Swallowtail Butterfly

Zebra Swallowtail Butterfly
Scientific NameEurytides marcellus
Type of AnimalInsect
Rangesouthern Canada to northern Mexico
DietHerbivore

The black and white markings on the wings of a Zebra Swallowtail Butterfly are so distinctive that it is easy to identify this beautiful insect.

The name for these butterflies comes from the zebra-like stripes on their wings. These stripes help camouflage the butterfly when it is resting on a leaf.

42. Zorse

Zorse
Scientific NameEquus zebra x Equus caballus
Type of AnimalMammal
RangeAfrica
DietHerbivore

Zorse, also known as Zebroid is a hybrid between zebra and any other equine. There are many reports of this kind of animal but it is not very common.

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