15+ Common Tagalog Animal Names: An Easy List

Are you wondering about the common Tagalog animal names? Animal in the Filipino language is also called ‘hayop’ in Tagalog. There are many dialects in the Philippines like Bicolano, Bisaya, Ilocano, Cebuano, Tagalog and others. However, the commonly used dialect over the country is Tagalog. Ready to learn more about this exciting topic? Then read on below!

Tagalog language is one of the easiest languages to learn because it has the same writing system as the English Alphabet. Also, the pronunciation of Tagalog is quite similar to English which means that Westerners will find it easy to train their ears on how to distinguish the meaning of every word through the way it is spoken.

In addition, people around the world are fascinated by the Philippines, which is why many are interested in learning the language. There is no denying that many consider the country one of the best places for their retirement home. For travelers, most of them fell in love with the country to the point that they wanted to stay another month or even years to learn and appreciate the Philippines deeper.

The most interesting to learn is the Filipino language because by learning this, you both understand the culture and tradition of the country. Somehow, certain words can reflect tons about a country’s culture, beliefs, and practices. Want to discover common Tagalog words? Here is the list of common Tagalog animal names that can add up to your Tagalog vocabulary skills. Let’s get it on!


Common Tagalog Animal Names In The Philippines

Common Tagalog Animal Names In The Philippines

Below are the Filipino animals (species, insects, mammals, domesticated, wild animals and pets) in Tagalog dialect:

How To Say Water Buffalo In Tagalog

The Philippines is famous for having rice fields. Also, the country is one of the top rice exporters and is domestically consumed by their neighboring countries in South East Asia. The best Filipino animal and the national animal of the Philippines or ‘Pambansang Hayop ng Pilipinas’ is the one who helped the farmers in the rice field, and these are the buffalos.

The Tagalog word for Water Buffalo is Karabaw/Kalabaw.

How To Say Dog In Tagalog

Aside from the National animal of the Philippines, the country has also this famous and friendly dog breed, which they called ‘Askal’ which is the short term for ‘Asong Kalye’ (Street/Astray Dog). They are also called ‘Aspin’ or ‘Asong Pinoy.’ Dogs are one of the domesticated pets in the Philippines, though many of them are seen wandering the streets. They are guard dogs to their owners.

The Tagalog word for Dog is Aso.

How To Say Cat In Tagalog

Same with dogs, cats are one of the domesticated pets in the country. They are often called ‘Pusakal’ which is the short term for ‘Pusang Kalye’ (Street/Astray Cat). Cats are also seen roaming in the streets like the Askals. Moreover, there are this ‘pamahiin’ or superstition of Filipino people that it is bad luck if you saw a black cat or ‘pusang itim’.

The Tagalog word for Cat is Pusa.

How To Say Horse In Tagalog

Riding a horse is one of the recreational activities of many Filipinos because of the vast land areas and islands of the country like in Tagaytay. Another is horse racing that in 2018, a Filipina is the very first Southeast Asian to compete in World Cup in Paris.

The Tagalog word of Horse is Kabayo.

How To Say Cow In Tagalog

Since the Philippines has a lot of agricultural lands, one of the common animals that you can see eating in the Green-land areas are the cows. Cows are also one of the common meat the Filipino people eat. The famous mouth-watering Filipino dish to try is Bulalo which the beef shank and marrow inside the bone are the main ingredients.

The Tagalog word for Cow is Baka.

How To Say Pig In Tagalog

Like the Baka, Pig is also one of the common animals that you can see in the Philippines. Pigs are mostly taken care of by Filipinos who lived and worked as farmers in various rural areas in the country. It is also one of the main ingredients in making delicious Filipino dishes on special occasions. For instance, one of the favourite Filipino dishes of foreigners is Sinigang na Baboy’, because of its sourness and is a great description for ‘panlasang Pinoy’ (Filipino taste).

How To Say Birds In Tagalog

Philippine animals live in the forest most especially if they are not exotic animals. Though some species are extinct, they are kept inside the zoo. Like the ‘Pambansang Ibon ng Pilipinas’ (National Bird of the Philippines), which is the ‘Eagle’. Since it is an exotic bird, you can no longer see an Eagle fly around the sky.

The Tagalog word for Bird is Ibon.

How To Say Crow In Tagalog

Another type of bird in the country is the crow. It is also associated with bad luck, the same with the black cat because of its colour. Filipino beliefs also said that symbolizes death.

The Tagalog word for Crow is Uwak.

How To Say Sheep In Tagalog

Sheep in the Philippines is not a common animal, but they are raised as indigenous sheep for meat or pets. They are usually raised in rural areas like cows and pigs.

The Tagalog word for Sheep is Tupa.

How To Say Turtle In Tagalog

We all know that the Philippines has many alluring islands and the species living in these islands are also easy on the eye, like the sea turtles. there are many kinds of cute turtles in the Philippines. They have different sizes, colours and characteristics. Furthermore, turtles in the Philippines often symbolize smartness and down to earth.

The Tagalog word for Turtle is Pagong.

How To Say Lion In Tagalog

A lion is also an exotic animal in the Philippines. You cannot search the forest and the wild to look for Lions because some of them are taken care of inside the zoo.

The Tagalog word for Lion is Leon (Leyon).

How To Say Frog In Tagalog

Philippine frogs are commonly seen in farms and swamps in the country. Some frogs are also edible like the ‘palakang bukid’ (farm frog) which some of the Filipinos says that it tastes like fried chicken.

The Tagalog word for Frog is Palaka. 

How To Say Sea Cow In Tagalog

Like the Philippine turtle, Sea cow is commonly seen in various islands of the country. You can also see them in the zoo or the ocean park in the Philippines. Some Filipinos associate sea cows with ugliness because various Filipino folktales characterized them as ugly and evil monsters.

The Tagalog word for Sea Cow is Dugong. 

How To Say Tokay Gecko In Tagalog

Tokay Gecko is a common reptile in the Philippines because several Filipino says that it can heal people with AIDS and asthma. That’s why many Filipinos are hunting and selling this species. However, it is not accredited and there are no medical pieces of evidence and basis that it can cure such illness.

The Tagalog word for Tokay Gecko is Tuko.

How To Say Butterfly In Tagalog

Butterflies are often associated with good luck. Filipino beliefs said that if you see a butterfly inside your house, it is your family, relative or loved one who passed away.

The Tagalog word for Butterfly is Paru-paro.

How To Say Bee In Tagalog

The Philippines are one of the exporters of honey in the world. Beekeeping is one of the common works of the Filipino people living in the countryside.

The Tagalog word for Bee is Bubuyog.

How To Say Mosquito In Tagalog

One of the numerous and annoying insects in the Philippines are mosquitoes. Since there are many swamps and water inlets in the country, mosquitoes and other flying insects are eminent. If you do not want to hear the sounds of mosquitoes that fly near your ears, you must use ‘kulambo’(mosquito net) when sleeping.

The Tagalog word of Mosquito is Lamok.


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Now that you learn some of the common Tagalog Animal names, you can also read other related Tagalog blog posts like History of Tagalog LanguageAwesome Characteristic of Filipino People and Easy Tagalog Grammar to improve your Tagalog vocabulary.

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