Saturday, 1 November 2008

Wild Boar (Sus scrofa)


Two Wild Boar (subspecies S. s. scrofa) at El Pardo, Spain - April 2016

OTHER NAMES: Boar, Wild Swine, Eurasian Wild Pig
Local Name (Spain): JabalĂ­ ("Boar")
Featured Subspecies: Sus scrofa scrofa
Weight: 50-130kg
Length: 150cm
NO UK STATUS IUCN Red List: Least Concern

The wild boar is a very large animal when you see it for the first time - even at a distance they stood out in the thin woodland before me as something that was just a bit more massive and primeval looking that the kind of species I'm used to in the UK.  Unlike a lot of other species of such size though, the Wild Boar is still a very successful species - spread across all of Eurasia from Spain to Siberia and South to Indonesia.  It's generally only prey to the very largest of carnivores in it's range - the wolf, the tiger and the komodo dragon are among the few species that regularly take it.  It's also the wild ancestor of the pig, which itself is ubiquitous as a domesticated animal in many parts of the world

Related Species:
Order: Artiodactyla
Family: Suidae
Genus: Sus
SUBSPECIES: S. s. scrofa, S. s. algira, S. s. attila, S. s. cristatus, S. s. davidi, S. s. leucomystax, S. s. libycus, S. s. majori, S. s. meriodionalis, S. s. moupinensis, S. s. nigripes, S. s. riukiuanus, S. s. sibiricus, S. s. taivanus, S. s. ussuricus, S. s. vittatus

 - Sighting Locations -
SPAIN - A widespread resident
 - MADRID 2016 TRIP: A pair seen from a distance at El Pardo

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

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