Top 57 Nature Words That Start With K: Animals, Plants, etc

Kangaroos standing in a field

Nature includes millions of fascinating things: plants, animals, stones, minerals, and more.

You can find things in nature that fit all letters of the alphabet, but which ones start with K?

From favorite animals like kangaroos to lesser-known plants like knautia, find the list of nature words starting with the letter K below (with definitions)!

  1. Kangaroo
    hopping animal found in Australia
  2. Kiwi
    green fruit with fuzzy brown skin
  3. Kale
    cabbage-like leafy vegetable
  4. Key lime
    green citrus fruit
  5. Koala
    Australian animal that looks similar to a small bear and lives in the trees
  6. Kidney
    an organ found in humans and other creatures that filters the blood
  7. King Topaz
    a type of stone
  8. Kestrel
    North America’s smallest falcon species
  9. Kingsnake
    a type of non-venomous snake with over 40 different subspecies
  10. Kid
    a baby goat
  11. Kiwi berries
    grape-sized miniature kiwi
  12. Kalanchoe
    flowering succulent with thick leaves
  13. Kohlrabi
    in the cabbage family
  14. Kidney bean
    a red or white bean often used in chili
  15. Kunzite
    a mineral that ranges from pastel pink to violet
  16. Katydid
    insect similar to a cricket
  17. Kinradite
    Jasper stone
  18. King crab
    large crabs that live in cold seas, such as the coast of Alaska
  19. Krill
    small, shrimp-like crustacean
  20. Kaffir lime
    Thai lime
  21. Kentucky coffeetree
    Midwestern tree with seeds similar to coffee beans
  22. Kencur
    aromatic ginger
  23. Kakortotite
    volcanic stone from Greenland
  24. Kingman Turquoise
    from Kingman, AZ mines
  25. Kelp
  26. Knotweed
    invasive weed also known as the “Godzilla weed”
  27. Korean Evodia
    a type of tree
  28. Kalmia
    evergreen shrub
  29. Kudu
  30. Kookaburra
    Australian bird
  31. Kumara
    New Zealand sweet potato
  32. Kumquat
    orange-like fruit from Southeast Asia
  33. King mackerel
    a type of fish
  34. Komodo dragon
    large lizard that can reach up to 300 pounds and 10 feet long
  35. Klipspringer
  36. Kinkajou
    rainforest mammal similar to a raccoon
  37. Kingfisher
    brightly-colored bird that lives near water
  38. Kangaroo rat
    small, jumping rodent with a long tail
  39. Kakapo
    ground-dwelling parrot
  40. Kabosu
    similar to a key lime
  41. Kingfish
    another name for the king mackerel (see number 33 above)
  42. Killdeer
    a type of bird
  43. Kremersite
    rare brown-red or orange mineral
  44. Kudzu
    perennial vine
  45. Knautia
    a perennial flower with burgundy-colored blooms
  46. Kalimeris
    a perennial plant that has bluish-white flowers with a yellow center
  47. Katsura tree
    a shade tree commonly found in Japan and China
  48. Kimberlite
    rock that sometimes contains diamonds
  49. Kidney ore
    type of Hematite; mineral
  50. Katoite
  51. Kame
    gravel and sand mounds found in melting ice sheets
  52. Kaolinite
    white, red, blue, or brown clay mineral
  53. Karst
    erosion in the landscape
  54. Knickpoint
    abrupt landscape change such as a slope
  55. Knob
    a small hill
  56. Keyite
  57. Krohnkite
    copper sulfate mineral

Activity: Find out more about your favorite “K” nature word!

This activity — similar to show and tell, but without bringing an actual kangaroo or koala to your house — will help you dig deeper into the words on our list.

(Tip: This activity is best done with a group of classmates or friends!)

Step 1: Choose your favorite word on our list (or pick one at random)!

If a certain word on our list stands out to you or interests you more than the others, pick it.

If you’re struggling to choose between all of the cool things that start with K, pick a number one through 57 and see which word you get.

Step 2: Look at our definition, then find more information about the word.

We provide basic definitions for each of the nature words that start with K above, but there’s plenty more to know about each of these plants, animals, and other natural features.

After taking a look at our definition, see if you can find any books, encyclopedia entries, or websites dedicated to your nature word.

Gather facts like where it is found in the wild, its scientific name, and any other interesting details you find.

Look for pictures, too, so you can see what your nature word looks like in the real world!

Step 3: Share your findings!

Put together a poster, slideshow, or video to share all of the facts you find about your nature word!

Show off your new knowledge to your family — or, if doing this activity with friends or classmates, you can present your findings to each other (online or in-person).

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