Red squirrel displaying its tail amongst flowers

Bushy-tailed squirrels

Bushy-tailed squirrels are known for, and named after, their prominent and fluffy tails. Flicking their bushy tails is a method of communication between the squirrels. They also have large ears and possess sharp claws that help them climb. There are 28 species of bushy-tailed squirrel, all in genus Sciurus. They are found in Europe, Asia and the Americas.

Scientific name: Sciurus

Rank: Genus


Map showing the distribution of the Bushy-tailed squirrels taxa

The shading illustrates the diversity of this group - the darker the colour the greater the number of species. Data provided by WWF's Wildfinder.

The Bushy-tailed squirrels can be found in a number of locations including: Amazon Rainforest, Europe, North America, Russia, South America. Find out more about these places and what else lives there.

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The following habitats are found across the Bushy-tailed squirrels distribution range. Find out more about these environments, what it takes to live there and what else inhabits them.


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Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web