The Iberian lynx is a species of carnivorous mammal. It is a graceful-looking cat, with long legs and a short tail with a black tassel on the end that usually keep beating it upright in times of danger or excitement, pointed ears are finished in a brush of stiff black hairs that favors their camouflage by breaking the round silhouette of his head and whiskers hanging from his cheeks.Lynx is a small size, adult males weigh an average of 12.8 kg and females about 9.3 kg, males can weigh up to 20 kg. Is yellowish brown with black spots
The Iberian lynx is in the forest and Mediterranean scrub in very restricted areas of the Iberian Peninsula. In Spain in a few areas, well preserved and isolated from human activity, while in Portugal seems to have been extinguished.In Portugal there are efforts for the recovery of lynx habitat, as in the Natural Reserve of Sierra de Malcata.
EAT: waterfowl, ungulates, partridges, small mammals and other birds. The occurrence of these prey in their diet depends on the time of year, and prey availability in the area.By weight, 93% of the Iberian lynx prey during the summer season consists of rabbits. The proportion of rabbits in the diet decreases slightly in the winter months, when the number of rabbits are at an annual low, at this time, mouflon hunt fawns and juveniles.
In most cases, lives in a solitary, nomadic, being more sociable in the mating season.It is an agile hunter. Stealthily approaches the piece and jump on it quickly.When the maximum temperature increase, lynx spends more time resting, in contrast to precipitation. Youth Bobcats are basically crepuscular and diurnal, with increased nocturnal activity after their first year of life.During the winter, lynx can be active for 24 hours a day, in contrast to almost strictly nocturnal habits in summer.
- Agostina Zimmermann.
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