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Blackbuck(Male)

Antilope cervicapra

Description:

The blackbuck (Antilope cervicapra) is an antelope species native to the Indian subcontinent that has been classified as endangered by IUCN since 2003, as the blackbuck range has decreased sharply during the 20th century. The blackbuck is the only living species of the genus Antilope. Its generic name 'Antilope' stems from the Latin word antalopus, a horned animal.[3] The binomial 'cervicapra' is composed of the Latin words capra, she-goat and cervus, deer. Male blackbucks are dark brown, black, and white and have long twisted horns The horns of the blackbuck are ringed with 1 to 4 spiral turns, rarely more than 4 turns, and can be as long as 79 cm (31 in). A trophy blackbuck is greater than 46 cm (18 in). In the male, the upper body is black (dark brown), and the belly and eye rings are white.

Habitat:

Blackbucks originally ranged over large tracts of India except in north-eastern India. Today the blackbuck population is confined to areas in Maharashtra, Orissa, Punjab, Rajasthan, Haryana, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka with a few small pockets in Central India

Notes:

This Male Blackbuck was found in Tyavarekoppa Tiger-Lion Safari near Shimoga town, Karnataka..

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2 Comments

Sumukha Javagal
Sumukha Javagal 10 years ago

Yes Alice.. Those horns are majestic to see..!

alicelongmartin
alicelongmartin 10 years ago

Striking pose that shows off the horns!

Sumukha Javagal
Spotted by
Sumukha Javagal

Karnataka, India

Spotted on Jul 11, 2012
Submitted on Jul 11, 2012

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