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White-nosed Coati

White-nosed Coati
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Copyright: Richard Vincent (earthtraveler) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 427 W: 123 N: 947] (3483)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-03-18
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Panasonic DMC-FZ50
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-08-03 8:27
Viewed: 7432
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The name coati is applied to any of three species of small neotropical mammals in the genus Nasua, family Procyonidae, ranging from southern Arizona to north of Argentina.
Genetic studies have shown that the closest relatives of the coatis are the olingos.

Physical characteristics
Coati have long, pointed muzzles, and long, bushy, ringed tails, and brownish fur. They range in size from 13 to 27 inches including their tails, which can be just as long as their bodies. They weigh from 7 to 15 pounds. Males are larger than females.

The females live in groups of 4 to 24 individuals called bands. Males join bands only during the mating season.

Coati have been known to live for 14 years in captivity.

In the wild, coatimundi live in tropical rainforests, grasslands, and brushy areas of South America and southern North America. They are excellent tree climbers. In fact, they can reverse their ankles - turn them around - so that they can climb down trees headfirst.

Daily life
Coatimundi are diurnal and spend most of the day foraging for food. They are omnivores and eat both meat and plants. They eat small prey like lizards, insects, rodents, snails, and small birds, as well as fruit and nuts. They often eat while hanging upside down from a tree branch. A coati finds food using its keen sense of smell.

Ring-tailed coati, Nasua nasua
White-nosed Coati, Pizote or Antoon, Nasua narica
Cozumel Island Coati, Nasua nelsoni

Sourcs: Wikipedia

Thank you all for taking a look and sharing your thoughts. Richard

valy67, eqshannon, jhm, elefantino, jaycee, Evelynn, snowfalken has marked this note useful
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Hello Richard !
We do not see these animals very often on TN, it's a rare and precious picture. And it's an excellent capture, with excellent details, beautiful warm colors, nice composition and POV, and great pose from your Coati. He is really a cute animal. Very well done !

Wonderful composition! An animal which I have never heard of nor seen. You indeed have been fortunate in travel and photography.

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2007-08-03 9:58]

Hello Richard,

I look together with my wife to these wonderful animal, a excellent pose for a splendid picture, also the snout and the tail are lovely details here.
Thanks for sharing.

Best regards,

nice shot of the coati, a funny little bear.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-08-03 12:45]

Hi Richard,

These animals are in Arizona? I have never heard of them. This is a wonderful shot and he looks so cute. I love that face! The brown with the white markings are excellent and the details show off the coat. Wonderful natural background.


Nice catch light in the eye. Well composed!
Nice earthy colors!
Interesting notes!

This is a nice capture of this fellow. I like the placement at an angle within the frame. Sharpness, exposure and color all look good to me.

Evelynn : )

Hello Richard,

A very good composition of this efficient hunter! The empty space was correctly distributed so that the Coati has some room to walk into. I think the dry grass background is very appropriate for this subject. The colors are natural and well saturated. DOF is excellent! It keeps the whole animal in sharp focus. We don't have this species here where I live and therefore am grateful for showing it to us. Great Job!

With Best Regards,

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