Insights into the feeding ecology of and threats to Sand Cat Felis margarita Loche, 1858 (Mammalia: Carnivora: Felidae) in the Kyzylkum Desert, Uzbekistan

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Alex Leigh Brighten
Robert John Burnside


Little is known about the ecology of the Sand Cat Felis margarita throughout its range in the deserts of northern Africa to central Asia.  We present observations of the Sand Cat in the southern Kyzylkum Desert, Uzbekistan, potentially preying upon a large bird and returning to the kill on subsequent nights.  This record contributes to the knowledge about the feeding ecology and varied diet of the Sand Cat and its opportunistic hunting strategy.

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Alex Leigh Brighten, School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia, Norwich Research Park, Norwich, NR2 7TJ, UK

Research Associate, 

School of Environmental Sciences (ENV)

University of East Anglia

Robert John Burnside, School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia, Norwich Research Park, Norwich, NR2 7TJ, UK

Senior Post Doctoral Research Associate

School of Environmental Sciences (ENV)

University of East Anglia


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