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South American Nasua

South American Coati (Nasua nasua) - Buenaventura Reserve, Ecuador


The South American Coati, is very similar to the White-nosed Coati of Central America and the Southwest United States. There are some easily noticeable differences in color between the two closely related species, as with their central american counterparts N. nasua is a generalist and they can often be spotted foraging in both the leaf litter and up in trees. They will eat just about anything they encounter from including but not limited to fruit, invertebrates, small animals, and eggs. I saw one make short work of a dead bird on one occasion. The females live in large social groups while adult males are solitary, however during mating season a male may be allowed into the group where he will then mate with all the females. The females separate in order to give birth but shortly afterwards they rejoin their social group with their young.

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Taken on December 12, 2014