American Red Squirrel

The smaller of the two squirrels observed in and around Montreal with a white belly and reddish fur on the back. Shyer than the Grey Squirrel, keeping a save distance from humans.

How to Identify?

The color of the fur is different than the other squirrel species seen in and around Montreal. The Red Squirrel has a reddish fur on the back and a white belly. It is also shyer than the Grey Squirrel, keeping a save distance from the humans.

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

Where & When to Spot?

I have seen the Red Squirrel in Montreal Botanical Garden and Park Pointe aux Prairies but not in the other parks on Montreal Island. The species is around all year long. Better visible in winter when no leaves hinder the vision.

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

Gemeines Rothörnchen [de]
American Red Squirrel [en]
Ardilla roja americana [es]
Écureuil roux [fr]

Source: Wikipedia

Scientific Name

Tamiasciurus hudsonicus


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