Also known as Audubon's cottontail, the desert cottontail (Sylvilagus audubonii) is a New World cottontail rabbit that can be found throughout the western United States from eastern Montana to western Texas, and in northern and central Mexico. It is found at heights of up to 2,000 m (6,600 ft). It is particularly associated with the dry near-desert grasslands of the American southwest; though it is also found in less arid habitats such as pinyon-juniper forest. Despite looking similar in appearance to the European rabbit, its ears are larger and are more often carried erect. It is also social among its peers, often gathering in small groups to feed.