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Common (Grey) Duiker

Silvicapra grimmia

Description:

90-130cm long Body 50 cm at shoulder light grey to reddish brown - very timid and didn't like being observed.

Habitat:

Woodland scrub


1 species ID suggestions

Bushbuck
Tragelaphus sylvaticus Bushbuck

4 Comments

dungeonmasterShu
dungeonmasterShu 2 years ago

again looking at the horns, this is a young male, full grown adults horns should be around 2ce the length of the ears.
Anytime.

MickGrant
MickGrant 2 years ago

Thanks for this - certainly a consideration - suggest size not colour will be the determination.

dungeonmasterShu
dungeonmasterShu 2 years ago

1. colour varies according to region. (see your wiki article, RE: Imbabala)
2. The horns are a dead give-away.
3. Note the white marking on the chest & the tip of the tail.
4. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grey_Duiker... (note point 2 above)

MickGrant
MickGrant 2 years ago

Thank you so much in your suggestion of the Bushbuck dungeonmasterShu - But I can't concurr in your advise on this occassion for the difference is notably size The Duiker weight varies from 10kg to 21kg for a pregnant female where the Bushbuck: Bushbuck stand about 90 centimetres at the shoulder and weigh from 45 to 80 kilograms (depending on sex). Bushbuck have a light brown coat, with up to seven white stripes and white splotches on the sides. The white patches are usually geometrically shaped and on the most mobile parts of their body such as the ears, chin, tail, legs and neck. The muzzle is also white and horns are found only on the males and they can reach over half a metre with only one twist. At 10 months old, young males sprout horns that are particularly twisted and at maturity form the first loop of a spiral. (I spent 2 1/2 years in South Africa and identified many small antelope with Common Duiker the most prolific of the very small ones there.) Thanks again for your interest. :http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bushbuck

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Lat: -29.82, Long: 30.62

Spotted on Oct 29, 2009
Submitted on Jul 21, 2011

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