Saturday, 13 October 2007

Iberian Hare (Lepus granatensis)

Adult Iberian Hare (subspecies L. g. granatensison Farmlands near Madrid, Spain - April 2013

OTHER NAMES: Granada Hare
Local Name (Spain): Liebre Ibérica ("Iberian Hare")
Featured Subspecies: Lepus granatensis granatensis
Weight: 1500-2600g
Length: 44-50cm
NO UK STATUS IUCN Red List: Least Concern

The Iberian or Granada Hare is, as the name suggests, a species found on the Iberian Peninsula - replacing the Brown Hare in this part of Europe.  This individual emerged from the fields behind us while we were watching Stone Curlew on a field before vanishing into the undergrowth.  My impression in comparison to the Brown Hare I see in the fields near me was that of a leaner looking and more angular animal, with even larger ears, shorter fur and a more noticable white underside.

Related Species:
Order: Lagomorpha
Family: Leporidae
Genus: Lepus
Subspecies: L. g. granatensis, L. g. gallaecius, L. g. solisi

 - Sighting Locations -
SPAIN - Widespread but scarce and local resident
 - MADRID 2015 TRIP: Single individual near Madrid 

Further Notes: RSPB, Wikipedia, BirdGuides, BirdForum Opus, Arkive, IUCN Red List

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