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Collared peccary

Pecari tajacu (Linnaeus, 1758)

Collared peccary diorama in the North American Mammal Hall


 Chiricahua Mountains, Arizona

Also present:

 Black-throated Sparrow (Amphispiza bilineata),
Silky Flycatcher (Phainopepla nitens),
Cactus Wren (Campylorhynchus brunneicapillus)

The collared peccary or javelina is known also as the musk hog because of its strong odor. Although superficially similar to pigs, peccaries belong to a different family and today are found only in the New World.

Biological Information

Range map for the Collared peccary


Texas, New Mexico and Arizona south to Argentina


Thickets, tropical forests, grasslands, desert, foothills, mountains


Common where found


Omnivorous: roots, leaves, eggs, berries, cactus fruit

Further information about this species may be found on the Animal Diversity Web page for collared peccary.