Domestic cow (Bos taurus)


Figure 1: Domestic cow

There are many breeds of cattle. Cows are large and stocky, although the breeds differ in color, shape, size, presence of horns, and hair length.

Cows live in herds with a structured, social hierarchy.

Cows are grazing herbivores. They eat grass, stems, and other plant material.

Domestic cattle live in varied habitats. They can live anywhere with enough grass, stems, or other plant material to support their grazing.

Animals that look similar:
In research camera photos, cows may look similar to other livestock such as yaks or the related zomo (a cow-yak hybrid).

Images of cows

These are images from our research cameras that CatCam visitors have identified as containing at least one cow. Click on a thumbnail to see a larger image


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