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Other names include catamount (probably a contraction from "cat of the mountain"), mountain screamer, and painter.Lexicographers regard painter as a primarily upper-Southern US regional variant on panther.
Individual territory sizes depend on terrain, vegetation, and abundance of prey.
Secretive and largely solitary by nature, the cougar is properly considered both nocturnal and crepuscular, although daytime sightings do occur.
of which only the jaguar is native to the Americas.
chestnut lion), or unusually non-native puma or leão-da-montanha, more common names for the animal when native to a region other than South America (especially for those who do not know that suçuaranas are found elsewhere but with a different name).
People in rural regions often refer to both the cougar and the jaguar as simply gata (she-cat), and outside of the Amazon, both are colloquially referred to as simply onça by many people (that is also a name for the leopard in Angola).
Cougars can be almost as large as jaguars, but are less muscular and not as powerfully built; where their ranges overlap, the cougar tends to be smaller on average.