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The jaguarundi (Puma yagouaroundi) or eyra cat is a small wild cat native to southern North America and South America.

It has been listed as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List since 2002. Its presence in Uruguay is uncertain. The megareserves of the Amazon Basin are probably the only conservation units that can sustain long-term viable populations.

In some Spanish-speaking countries, the jaguarundi is also called gato colorado, gato moro, león brenero, onza, tigrillo and leoncillo. It is also called gato-mourisco, eirá, gato-preto and maracajá-preto in Portuguese. Jaguarundi comes from Old Tupi yawaum'di.

The jaguarundi has short legs, an elongated body and a long tail. The ears are short and rounded. The coat is without spots, uniform in color, with, at most, a few faint markings on the face and underside. The coat can be either blackish to brownish-grey (grey phase) or foxy red to chestnut (red phase); individuals of both phases can be born in the same litter.

The two color phases were once thought to represent two distinct species: the grey one called jaguarundi and the red one called eyra.

It has a total length of 53 to 77 centimetres (21 to 30 inches) with a 31-to-60 cm-long tail (12-to-24 in), and weighs 3.5 to 9.1 kilograms (7.7 to 20.1 lb).

Jaguarundis are primarily diurnal, being active during the day rather than evenings or night. They are comfortable in trees but prefer to hunt on the ground.

They will eat almost any small animal they can catch, typically catching a mixture of rodents, small reptiles and ground-feeding birds. They have also been observed to kill larger prey, such as rabbits and opossums; relatively unusual prey include fish and even marmosets.

Like many other cats, they also include a small amount of vegetation and arthropods in their diets.

Jaguarundis make an unusually wide range of vocalisations, including purrs, whistles, yaps, chattering sounds and even a bird-like chirp.

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