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Antilope cervicapra


Males and females have distinctive coloration. Male blackbucks are dark brown, black, and white and have long, twisted horns, while females are fawn-coloured with no horns.The horns of the blackbuck are ringed with one to four spiral turns. In the male, the upper body is black (dark brown), and the belly and eye rings are white. The light-brown female is usually hornless. Albinism in blackbuck is rare and caused by the lack of the pigment melanin. The animal looks fully white due to the lack of melanin in its skin. Wildlife experts say the biggest problem with these albinos is they are singled out by predators and hunted.


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


National Zoological Park, New Delhi.

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Arijit Banerjee
Arijit Banerjee 10 years ago

ok.. thnxx.. :)

keithp2012 10 years ago

Please add to rare color morphs mission

Arijit Banerjee
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Arijit Banerjee

New Delhi, Delhi, India

Spotted on Jan 19, 2013
Submitted on Mar 14, 2013

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