The Iberian Lynx

Scientific Name: Lynx pardinus
IUCN Status: Endangered
Weight: 19-35 pounds

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The Iberian Lynx is a long-legged, medium-sized cat similar in size to the Canadian Lynx and Bobcat and about half the size of the Eurasian Lynx. The head is relatively small but appears much larger due to the very prominent facial ruffs. The rufts have a black fringe and crisp white under the chin. The ears have black backs with a light greyish patch and long black tufts. The fur is short and course, and only moderately thicker in winter. The fur is tawny-grey to reddish brown with creamy buff underparts and is the most heavily spotted lynx species. Spotting varies from large bold blotches and spots with conspicuous heavy lines on the neck, to small spots and dabs, which appear as freckling in some individuals. The tail is short with a black tip.


The main prey for this Lynx is the European Rabbit, which is about 75-93% of their diet. Incidental prey includes birds, foxes, small rodents, hares, juvenile deer, and reptiles. 


The Iberian Lynx is a seasonal breeder, mating occurs mainly in December to February with births peaking in March, and occasional births as late as July. Gestation lasts 63-66 days with a litter size of 2 to 4 kittens, averaging 3.  

Geographic Range

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