Tayra (Eira barbara)

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Tayra male in rainforest
IUCN Red List species status – Least Concern LEAST
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  • The tayra is one of the most common predators throughout its range, which extends from Mexico to northern Argentina.
  • A solitary species mainly active during the day, the tayra is an omnivore, feeding on fruit, honey, insects, small vertebrates and carrion.
  • The tayra is a forest dwelling mustelid, found both in the trees and on the forest floor.
  • The female tayra gives birth to between one and three young, although twins are most common.
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Tayra description

KingdomAnimalia
PhylumChordata
ClassMammalia
OrderCarnivora
FamilyMustelidae
GenusEira (1)

Information on the tayra is currently being researched and written and will appear here shortly.

Also known as
Greyheaded tayra.
Spanish
Amingo, Cabeza De Mate, Gato Negro, Tolomuco.
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Tayra status

Classified as Least Concern (LC) on the IUCN Red List (1).

IUCN Red List species status – Least Concern

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References

  1. IUCN Red List (July, 2010)
    http://www.iucnredlist.org
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Tayra male in rainforest  
Tayra male in rainforest

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