Eurasian lynx

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A lynx sits slightly crouched behind a tuft of grass and looks attentively to the left side of the picture. IUCN Red List endangerment category: Least concern
  • Family
    Cats (Felidae)
  • Weight
    18 – 36 kg
  • Habitat
    Coniferous and mixed forests

Hairy reception

The Eurasian lynx’s hearing is so good that it can locate a mouse up to 50 m away. It has conspicuous, black tufts of hair on the tip of its ears that act like antennae, gathering and amplifying sound in the ear. It also has extraordinary eyesight: a Eurasian lynx’s eyes are six times more sensitive than humans, which allow it to see well at night.

The picture shows a walking Eurasian Lynx.

Bobbed tail

Lynxes can easily be distinguished by their unusually short tail, a feature which scientists are still searching for an explanation. What is certain is that lynxes hunt primarily on the ground. Their method of hunting – stalking and sneaking – does not require a long tail to aid balance.

A Eurasian lynx can capture prey up to four times larger than itself.


Distribution map lynx