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The Oncilla was completed on 7.20.2013. I thought I had completed drawing of all of North America's native wild cats. It was then pointed out - somewhat to my annoyance - that I had missed two species. The person didn't let me know which ones, so I had to do some research and learn it was the Oncilla and the Margay that I had missed. So, of course being the "complete-est" that I am, I had to create drawings of both cats. Now, I only have 5 more species of cats to draw to finish off the South America continent.
The Oncilla - also known as the little spotted cat, tigrillo, cunaguaro or tiger cat, is a felid native to the tropical rainforests of Central and South America. It is closely related to theof the ocelot and the margay, also wild cats of the rainforests. The is one of the smaller of the wild cats, growing to about 15 to 23 inches long (38 to 59 centimeters (not including the tail) It is somewhat longer than a house cat, it weighs a little less on average 3.3-6.6 pounds (1.5 to 3 kilograms.) The spotted coloration of the Oncilla helps it blend in with the mottled sunlight of the tropical forest understory, where it hunts small mammals, lizards, birds, eggs, invertebrates, and amphibians. This species shows a strong preference for montane forest, and are usually found in elevations higher than those of the margay or ocelot. But they've also been seen in scrubland environments. They are typically distributed from Costa Rica through Northern Argentina. They have been recorded in northern Panama.