Collared Peccary

Collared Peccary, Pecari Tajacu

Conservation

Least concern conservation status

Scientific Classification

OrderAriodactyla
FamilyTayassuidae
GenusPecari
Binomial namePecari tajacu

Range Map

Range of species in blue

Description

The collared peccary is a species of mammal found in North, Central and South America. They are also referred to as musk hogs.

The collared peccary stand around 510 t0 610 mm tall at the shoulder and are about 1 to 1.5 meters long in body length. They usually weigh between 16 and 27 kilograms.

Collared peccaries are widely spread in much of the tropical and subtropical regions of the Americas, from the southwestern regions of the United States to northern Argentina.

They primarily feed on cactus, mesquite beans, fruits, roots, tubers, palms, nuts, and some small invertebrates and vertebrates.

They are primarily diurnal and live in groups of up to 50 individuals. They sleep in burrows under the roots of trees.