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 (mär′gā′, mär-gā′)
n. pl. mar·gays
A spotted Central and South American wildcat (Leopardus wiedii) resembling a small, long-tailed ocelot.

[French, from Portuguese maracajá, from Tupí.]


(Animals) a feline mammal, Felis wiedi, of Central and South America, having a dark-striped coat
[C18: from French, from Tupi mbaracaiá]


(ˈmɑr geɪ)

a small spotted cat, Felis wiedii, of the southwestern U.S. and tropical America.
[1775–85; < French < Tupi marakaya]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.margay - small spotted wildcat found from Texas to Brazilmargay - small spotted wildcat found from Texas to Brazil
Felis, genus Felis - type genus of the Felidae: true cats and most wildcats
wildcat - any small or medium-sized cat resembling the domestic cat and living in the wild
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Resultados similares fue reportado en muestras de sueros de margays (Leopardus wiedii) rescatados de una zona de reserva en Guatemala y que no habian tenido contacto con animales domesticos; sin embargo, las muestras de suero de gatos domesticos fueron positivos a anticuerpos contra el vDC ya que estos tenian contacto con perros de la cercana ciudad de Peten (Lickey et al., 2005).
For example, margays (Amazonian wild cats) can mimic the call of their prey, pied tamarins, in order to lure them in.
Species found in the area include keelbilled motmots (a bird species found in Central America and Southern Mexico), kinkajous, jaguars, jaguarundis, king vultures, margays, ocelots, ocellated turkeys, Yucatan spider monkeys, and Baird's tapirs.
Some researchers have been suggesting that population density of margays cannot be easily estimated because they show arboreal habits instead of traveling on the ground in comparison with other small cats.
Margays (Leopardus wiedii) and bobcats (Lynx rufus) have been reported as probably present at Reserva de la Biosfera Sierra de Huautla (Sanchez and Romero, 1995), without any verifiable evidence of their occurrence there.
The children were spellbound as the keepers fed margays, ocelots and rusty spotted cats their evening meals - dead chicks.
The margay (Leopardus weidii), one of the least known Neotropical felids, is listed as Globally Near Threatened by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and recent findings suggest that margays may be less abundant than previously thought (Payan et al., 2008).
The Choco Rainforest Protection Project is helping the ocelots, jaguarundis, oncillas and margays of Ecuador.
We had reached Mexico's Calakmul Biosphere Reserve, home to jaguarundis, ocelots, margays, pumas, and jaguars.
And what animals there are: spotted cats like ocelots, jaguars and margays; other cats such as cougars, jaguarundis, bobcats, as well as coyotes, grey foxes and skunks.