Colocolo (Leopardus colocolo)
Photograph by Cola da Web. License: GNU.
The Colocolo is a small long-haired cat from Chile. The body is gray with brown stripes broken up into spots. These cats have fairly large pointed ears and a long bushy tail with dark bands. The Pampas Cat (Leopardus pajeros) used to be considered the same species as the Colocolo.
Head and body length: 43cm - 70cm (average 57cm). Tail length: 22cm - 32cm. Weight: 3kg - 7kg (average 5kg).
open woodland, scrub thicket, forest, semi-arid desert regions, floodplains, mountain slopes.
The Colocolo feeds on small mammals and ground birds and eggs. Will take poultry in areas of human settlement.
Gives birth to a litter of one to three kittens after a gestation of 80 to 85 days.
The conservation status in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Animals is "near threatened".