Common duiker

Sylvicapra grimmia

The common duiker, ''Sylvicapra grimmia'', also known as the grey or bush duiker, is a small antelope with small horns found in west, central, east, and southern Africa- essentially everywhere in Africa south of the Sahara, excluding the Horn of Africa and the rainforests of the central and western parts of the continent. Generally, they are found in habitats with sufficient vegetation cover to allow them to hide—savanna and hilly areas, including the fringes of human settlements.
Curly Cuteness - Duiker Beauty A young Common Duiker ram approaches.  His curly fur and hairdo makes for a very cute picture.  And if one looks closely, it even looks like he is smiling.  Common duiker,Namibia,Sylvicapra grimmia,adorable,beautiful,black,color,cute,fantastic,free,funny,hairdo,horns,innocent,markings,nature,ram,splendor,tawny,white

Appearance

Colouration of this species varies widely over its vast geographic range. As many as 19 subspecies are thought to exist, ranging from chestnut in forested areas of Angola to grizzled gray in northern savannas and light brown shades in arid regions. It grows to about 50 cm in height and generally weighs 12 to 25 kg ; although females are generally larger and heavier than the males. The males' horns can grow to 11 cm long.
Common Duiker - Elusive and Shy This image shows a Common Duiker ram chewing on a Camel Thorn tree pod, a very nutritious and delicious hard shelled pod full of nutritious and tasty flesh.  

As the description entails, this small antelope is very shy and elusive, remaining still (similar to the Steenbok).  In all aspects, the Duiker can easily be confused with the Steenbok.  The Duiker is a bit larger, lighter in color and the black marking on its nose runs a bit further onto the face than the Steenbok's.   Common duiker,Geotagged,Namibia,Spring,Sylvicapra grimmia,behavior,eat,funny,markings

Behavior

Breeding is year round and the female gives birth to one fawn after a gestation period of what is variously estimated at 3.0 to 7.5 months. The common duiker has a wide diet; beyond herbivorous browsing for leaves, flowers, fruits and tubers, they will also eat insects, frogs, small birds and mammals, and even carrion. As long as they have vegetation to eat , they can go without drinking for very long periods. In the rainy season, they will frequently not drink water at all, instead obtaining fluids from fruits. They will often scavenge for these fruits below trees in which monkeys are feeding. They are active both day and night, but become more nocturnal near human settlements.

Males are territorial and smear gland secretions on rocks and branches to mark their territories; their preferred resting places are generally on elevated ground, where they can observe their territory. Females, by contrast, prefer deeper cover. The overall success of this species stems from its ability to inhabit a wide variety of habitats, as well as from its adaptable, generalist diet.

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Status: Least concern
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Taxonomy
KingdomAnimalia
DivisionChordata
ClassMammalia
OrderArtiodactyla
FamilyBovidae
GenusSylvicapra
SpeciesS. grimmia
Photographed in
Namibia
Zimbabwe