Blue Duiker (Cephalophus monticola)

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Quick stats of the Blue Duiker

  • Diet: - Herbivore
  • Shoulder Height: - 0.31 m
  • Weight: - Male - 4.7 kg
  • Weight: - Female - 5 kg
  • Lifespan - 10 years

Description

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The blue duiker is the smallest antelope in southern Africa, weighing a mere 4-5 kg. In addition it is very shy and tricky to spot - living in forests and along coastal thickets.

When in danger, the duiker will not hesitate to flee to cover beneath the undergrowth. Although they are cautious, they sometimes give themselves away. Their tail has a white underneath, which alerts predators.
The blue duiker’s diet consists of leaves and fruit. Living near to water is a necessity to this buck as it drinks frequently.

Its predators include eagles, pythons and large cats. The blue duiker lives alone or in pairs. A single lamb is born after a gestation period of 4 months throughout the year.

Other Names for the Blue Duiker

  • Forest Duiker

Distribution

Distribution map of the Blue Duiker
Distribution map of the Blue Duiker

Taxonomy of the Blue Duiker

  • Order - Artiodactyla
  • Family - Bovidae
  • Sub Family - Cephalophinae
  • Genus - Cephalophus
  • Species - Cephalophus monticola

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