- This is an article about the species. For topics that share the name, see Lynx (disambiguation)
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A lynx is any of four medium-sized wild cats, all members of the genus Lynx, however, sometimes classified as Felis. These include the Canadian Lynx (Lynx canadensis), the Eurasian Lynx (Lynx lynx) the Iberian Lynx (Lynx pardinus), and the bobcat (Lynx rufus).
Lynxes are characterized by their short tails, and usually a tuft of black hair on the tip of the ears, as well as a bow-tie marked ruff under their neck. The color of the body varies from light brown to grey and is occasionally marked with dark brown spots, especially on the limbs.
The lynx inhabits the high altitude forests with dense cover of shrubs, reeds, and grass. Though the cat hunts only on the ground, it can climb trees and swim. Though it can be found in the northern regions of Scandinavia, it is primarily found in North America and also in pockets in the Himalayas.