Sunday, 29 April 2007

Eurasian Rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus)

Adult Eurasian Rabbit (subspecies O. c. cuniculus) at Wooler, Cumbria - July 2009

OTHER NAMES: Rabbit, Common Rabbit, Bunny
Featured Subspecies: Oryctolagus cuniculus cuniculus
Length: 38-58cm

Weight: 1000-2500g
UK STATUS NOT EVALUTATED IUCN Red List: Near Threatened

Rabbits are a very common and widespread species, and, along with grey squirrels, about the easiest wild mammals to see in the UK.  Also like the Grey Squirrel, they are not native to the UK, but instead originate in the Iberian penninsula, though introduced far earlier by the Romans.  They can often be seen in fields or along road verges in the countryside. They live in large communal warrens and act as grazers on land that would otherwise lack one due to the human tendency to block off larger animals.  Although a dangerous pest in many introduced countries, there are some species that benefit from it's presence in the UK including predators like Fox and Stoat, and the Stone Curlew which benefits from the closely grazed grassland for nesting,

Related Species:
Order: Lagomorpha 

Family: Leporidae 
Genus: Oryctolagus
SUBSPECIES: O. c. cuniculus, O. c. huxleyi, O. c. algirus


- Sighting Locations -
UNITED KINGDOM - A common resident
 - Seen 
commonly at a large number of sites, including but not limited to Geddington, Rutland Water and Wooler 

Further Notes: 
RSPB, WikipediaBirdGuides, BirdForum Opus, ArkiveIUCN Red List

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