Species Details

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Scientific Name : Prionailurus bengalensis
Family : Felidae
Order : Carnivora
Class : Mammalia
Phylum : Chordata
Habitat : Forest, Shrubland, Grassland, Wetlands (inland)
Description : The Leopard Cat is a small to medium-sized cat, with a body length of 40 to 65 cm (16 to 26 in) and a weight of 1.5 to 4.5 kg (3.3 to 9.9 lb).

Its coat is typically a golden-yellow or tawny color, with black spots and rosettes. The underside is usually white, and the tail is ringed with black.

The Leopard Cat is a solitary and nocturnal hunter, and is most active at dawn and dusk. It is an agile climber and swimmer, and is known for its ability to leap up to 10 feet (3 meters) in the air to catch birds or insects.

Leopard Cats are found in a variety of habitats, including forests, grasslands, and agricultural areas.
The Leopard Cat is a carnivore, and its diet includes small mammals, birds, reptiles, and insects. It is also known to prey on domestic poultry and game birds.

The Leopard Cat is threatened by habitat loss due to deforestation, agricultural expansion, and urbanization. It is also hunted for its fur and meat, and is sometimes trapped for the pet trade. As a result, it is listed as a Near Threatened species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
Distribution in Bangladesh
description written by:Asad U. Tanvir,Department of Zoology,Jagannath University,Dhaka; reviewed by:Muntasir Akash,Department of Zoology,University of Dhaka;Taxonomic Checklist:Red List of Bangladesh Volume 2: Mammals, 2015, IUCN; information sources:iucnredlist.org,Khan 2018 (Photographic guide to the wildlife of Bangladesh), photo credit:Munim Zabidi(www.inaturalist.org/people/Munim Zabidi), photo copyright: iNaturalist.more information please contact with us.