brown-nosed coati

Brown-nosed Coati

Nasua nasua

CLASS Mammalia | ORDER Carnivora | FAMILY Procyonidae

RANGE Arizona, south to Argentina

HABITAT Mainly wooded areas

DIET Insects, fruit and other plant material, lizards, rodents, small birds and eggs

5 - 18 lbs

13 - 27 in

77 days

3 - 5

IUCN Status
Least Concern
brown-nosed coati

This species is also known as the South American coati. They have a long, ringed tail, which is used for balance when climbing. They are mainly diurnal (active during the day). They can descend down trees headfirst by reversing their ankles

Males are solitary, while females live together in bands. Females are only tolerant of males during breeding season. Once breeding season ends, females will chase the male away from the group.

brown-nosed coati

Habitat loss due to deforestation and hunting for their meat by natives are major threats for the species.