Sunday 22 April 2018

Brasilian Jaguarundi

Today for Sunday Stamps - letter 'J' turned out to be a bigger challenge than I thought...considering I'd skip countries beginning with that letter. But then I've realised this kitty on a Brasilian stamp is called Jaguarundi (or eyra) - a small wild cat native to southern North America and South America.

The jaguarundi is closely related to the much larger and heavier cougar, having a similar genetic structure and chromosome count. While both species have been traditionally placed the genus Puma, the jaguarundi is now sometimes classified under the genus Herpailurus (to be honest, animal classifications sometimes downright confuse me). Despite the usual feline solitary lifestyle, they seem to be somewhat more gregarious than many other cats; they make an unusually wide range of vocalisations, including purrs, whistles, yaps, chattering sounds, and even a bird-like chirp (this made me chuckle :D).
More J-entries on this Sunday Stamps link.


  1. No doubt it's a great find for J!
    I love these Brazilian envelopes with green and yellow chevrons. I've got one of them, or two, but I see them often on the net.

  2. An excellent find for J. Plus, the trumpet on the other stamp is an important instrument in jazz music :)

    1. great connection that I (as usual) failed to see!

  3. I was hoping I had a jaguar on a stamp so I'm pleased to see this even if it's not quite what I had in mind.

  4. here is an unusual cat! (and classifications of animals and plants confuse me no end!!)

  5. I need to remember this, jaguarundi... well spotted! (your last name on the envelope fits just fine as well :D <3 )

  6. What a great name, I can just imagine it stalking through the jungle.