Domestic goat (Capra hircus)


Figure 1: Goat

There are many breeds of domestic goat. They differ in color, shape, size, shape and size of horns, and type of hair. In general, males are larger than females and they have horns and a beard.

Domestic goats prefer to be with other goats, although their social behavior is regulated by the humans that keep them.

Domestic goats eat grass, shrubs, and roughage.

Domestic goats can live in varied habitats, as long as there is an adequate food source.

Animals that look similar:
Domestic goats can resemble their wild counterparts, such as the ibex, or some variations of domestic sheep. Horns and beard can distinguish a male domestic goat from a domestic sheep. Goats also tend to be leaner than sheep.

Images of goats

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


Mileski, A. 2004. “Capra hircus” (On-line), Animal Diversity Web. Accessed July 26, 2012 at http://animaldiversity.ummz.umich.edu/site/accounts/information/Capra_hircus.html