Ovis – Sheep
Highly sociable caprines species known as sheep, including domestic sheep
Members of the genus Ovis are relatively small in size as compared to other ungulates. In most species, adults weigh less than 100 kg (220 pounds). Males are usually heavier than females by a significant amount. They are mostly found in hilly or mountainous habitats. Their diets consist mainly of grasses and other plants and lichens. They have four-chambered stomachs, which play a vital role in digesting food.
Sheep conserve water well and can live in pretty dry environments. Sheep are social animals and live in groups; this helps them to avoid predators and stay warm in cold weather by huddling together. It is one of the most economically significant specie on earth, so its population has significantly increased.
Species in this genus
The iconic species of the North American mountains
Their horns come in handy during mating season and as a line of defense against wolves and bears
Social animals, typically of the same gender: males herds are called “bachelor” herds