The national animal of Brazil is the jaguar. The jaguar is considered to be one of the "big cats" and is often confused with the leopard.
The jaguar is the largest feline in the Americas, with adult males growing to be more than 7 feet long and weighing as much as 150 to 200 pounds. The jaguar has two different coat colors: an all black coat with spots or a yellow background with large black spots and rosettes. The jaguar is a powerful feline and has a large head and huge paws. It lives primarily in the rain forests, swamps and savannahs in the Amazon basin. The jaguar can still be found living in Brazil though it has been hunted to extinction in many other countries.
Brazil has several other national symbols that are used in official ceremonies and processions as well as in literature and events. The national flag of Brazil has a green background and yellow diamond shape in the middle of it. The national bird of Brazil is the Rufous-bellied Thursh. The national anthem of Brazil was adopted in 1922 and was only orchestral before lyricist Osorio Duque Estrada wrote words for the music to create the official national anthem used today.