Eastern Cottontail Rabbit

Brownish, speckled fur with a short white tail, hence its name “Cottontail”. Eastern Cottontail rabbits are very shy and prefer to hide.

How to Identify?

Although common on the Island of Montreal, they are difficult to spot. The only time I saw this species was near the airport along a rarely used pathway leading into an undeveloped area. Look for them along bushes and forests into open areas.

We combine physical characterics and behavior patterns with location and seasonal aspects to identify species.

Where & When to Spot?

The only wild rabbits I saw around Montréal are the eastern cottontail rabbits. I will update this section once I have spotted another species.

With each photo, we store date and geo-location providing us data about location and season of observation. We also use a tracking utility to save observations in the field when there was no opportunity to take a good shot.

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Common Names

Östliches Baumwollschwanzkaninchen, Florida-Waldkaninchen [de]
Eastern Cottontail Rabbit [en]
Conejo castellano, Conejo de Florida [es]
Lapin à queue blanche [fr]

Source: Wikipedia

Scientific Name

Sylvilagus floridanus


sylvilagus, sylvilagus floridanus, eastern cottontail rabbit