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South American Ring-tailed Coati

The coati or coatimundi is the common name for any of the species of New World mammals of the family Procyonidae, a family that also includes raccoons. Distinctive features of all species of coati include a long, bushy, banded tail, which is often held erect. The bands may be quite light.

The coati is distinguished from a raccoon by having a longer, somewhat pig-like muzzle, bear-like paws and a longer tail.

The Ring-tailed Coati or South American Coati (Nasua nasua) in the picture is one of the five species of coati, broadly distributed in South America, ranging from Columbia, Venezuela, Ecuador and Brazil in the north to Uruguay and the northern parts of Argentina in the south. In Brazilian Portuguese it is known as Quati. They found up to 2,500 m on the cold eastern and western slopes of the Andes, and too in the arid areas to humid Amazonian rainforests. The Ring-tailed Coati has a red-brown to grey coat, with lighter or even with underparts and a white-ringed tail in most cases. The head-body length of this species is 41 to 67 cm, with a tail length of 32 to 65 cm. Coatis are about 30 cm tall at the shoulder, and weigh between 3,5 and 7 kg, about the size of a large domestic cat.

Coatis spend most of the day foraging for food. They are largely insectivorous but also eat plant material, such as fruits and nuts, and their diet may include small prey like lizards, rodents, snails, and small birds. Coatis are diurnal terrestrial and arboreal. Males are often solitary, females and young travel in groups of up to 30 animals.

This picture was taken in Zoo Parc Overloon, zoo in Overloon, the Netherlands.


De rode neusbeer of coatimundi (Nasua nasua) is een Zuid-Amerikaanse neusbeer en is nauw verwant aan de wasbeer. De rode neusbeer komt voor in de bossen van Columbia, Venezuela en Ecuador in het noorden en naar het zuiden toe tot in Uruguay en de noordelijk Argentinië. Ze worden ook aangetroffen tot circa 2.500 meter hoogte op de oostelijke en westelijke hellingen van de Andes, en in laag gelegen dorre gebieden en de vochtige regenwouden van de Amazone in Brazilië.

De mannetjes leven meestal solitair. De vrouwtjes en jonge dieren trekken in groepen van tien tot maximaal 30 dieren door het oerwoud. Krabbelend en snuffelend zijn ze overdag op zoek naar vruchten, paddestoelen en wortels, maar ook insecten, slakken, hagedissen, kleine knaagdieren en kleine vogels.

Ongetwijfeld doet de enigszins slurf- en varkensachtige snuit uitstekend dienst als reukorgaan.

De kop-romplengte van deze soort is 41 à 67 cm, de staartlengte is 32 à 65 cm, en de schouderhoogte is circa 30 cm, ongeveer de grootte van een grote huiskat. Ze wegen 3,5 à 7 kg.

Deze foto is gemaakt in Zoo Parc Overloon bij Overloon in Noord-Brabant.



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Taken on July 21, 2012