Mountain Reedbuck (Redunca fulvorufula)

Mountain Reedbuck (Redunca fulvorufula) Silhouette

Quick stats of the Mountain Reedbuck

  • Diet: - Herbivore
  • Shoulder Height: - 0.72m
  • Weight: - Male - 33 kg
  • Weight: - Female - 32 kg
  • Lifespan - 13 years

Description

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The mountain reedbuck inhabits rocky mountain slopes and hills where there is enough food and shelter nearby.

Keeping out of the heat of the day, mountain reedbuck can be found resting groups of up to several dozen. During the cool of the evening, they will descend to where there is food and water.

The mountain reedbuck is recognized by its long wooly coat which is grayish brown in colour. Females lack the males’ horns and are slightly smaller than them. Both sexes have a black mark beneath their ears. They are about half the size of the common reedbuck.

When there is a threat of danger, one will alert the rest of the herd by a high pitched whistle. They also wave the white underside of their tails, which also acts as a signal of danger.

Some males keep their territories throughout the year and become uneasy when venturing outside its borders. Females have a gestation period of about 8 months. A newborn calf instinctively hides itself in different places between feeding.

Other Names for the Mountain Reedbuck

  • Rooiribok

Distribution

Distribution map of the Mountain Reedbuck
Distribution map of the Mountain Reedbuck

Taxonomy of the Mountain Reedbuck

  • Order - Artiodactyla
  • Family - Bovidae
  • Sub Family - Reduncinae
  • Genus - Redunca
  • Species - Redunca fulvorufula

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