If during a forest hike you should hear much grunting and furious activity nearby, you may have stumbled into a group of peccaries, called either quequeo or chancho de monte (mountain pig) in Honduras. A gregarious animal, the peccary forages in large groups of up to 30 or 40 animals, rummaging around in underbrush for plants, fruit, small animals, insects, or whatever else comes across their path. While peccaries have no interest in confronting humans, they are notoriously unobservant, not always seeing hikers just a few meters away on an open trail. Jaguars and cougars hunt these temperamental, aggressive animals, but the cats have been known to come out on the losing end of a run-in with an irate band of peccaries.
The smaller collared peccary is extremely adaptable and is found in any type of forest, including lowland jungle, dry tropical forest, pine forest, cloud forest, and even secondary forest and farmland. The larger white-lipped peccary, which runs in larger groups across more territory and is much more sensitive to human presence, is less frequently seen in Honduras.
© Chris Humphrey and Amy E. Robertson from Moon Honduras, 5th Edition