Harry Harry - 10 months ago 54
Java Question

How to call a super constructor from another inherited class?

I have been instructed to do the following:

  • Create a constructor with no arguments in Carnivore that call the super constructor in Animal.

Carnivore is a sub class of Animal which is the super class. so I am looking to call the constructor in Animal within Carnivore. Here is the code:

Animal super-class

abstract public class Animal

int age;
String name;
String noise;

Animal(String name, int age)
this.age = age;
this.name = name;

this("newborn", 0); //This is the super class that needs to be called in Carnivore.


Carnivore sub-class

public class Carnivore extends Animal

//Call Animal super constructor


I haven't worked with inheritance before so I'm still getting to grips with it. Any feedback is appreciated, thanks.

Answer Source

You can use super() to call super class constructor as shown below:

public class Carnivore extends Animal {

  Carnivore() {
    super(); //calls Animal() no-argument constructor

With super(), the superclass no-argument constructor is called. With super(parameter list), the superclass constructor with a matching parameter list is called.

I recommend you to refer here to understand the basics of inheritance and super.