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Antelope: Mountain Reedbuck

Unread post by MarkWildDog » Sat Oct 21, 2006 10:58 am

MOUNTAIN REEDBUCK
(Redunca Fulvorufula)

Ger: Bergriedbock.
Fre: Redunca de montagne.
Afr: Rooirietbok.
Xho, Zul: Inxala.

Mass: 19-38 kg.
Shoulder Height: 0,6-0,8 m.
Tail length: 25 cm.
ID Pointers:
- Grey-fawn upperparts.
- White underparts.
- Bushy tail.
- Forward-hooked horns.
Lifespan: +/- 10 yrs.
Main predators:
1. Lion.
2. Leopard.
3. Caracal.
4. Wild Dog.
5. Spotted Hyaena.
6. Cheetah.
Other predators:
1. Crocodile.
2. Large snakes.
Young also fall prey to:
1. Serval
2. Jackals
3. Eagles

DESCRIPTION:
- Soft & wooly coat.
- Grey-fawn upperparts.
- White underparts.
- Head & neck has reddish/ yellowish tinge.
- White underneath bushy tail.
Scent glands: Beneath ears & inguinal.
Senses: Very good sight, hearing & smell.
Horns: Only rams have horns which are straight with forward curved tips & are heavily ridged with smooth tips. Length: 15-38 cm.

DISTRIBUTION IN KNP:
Berg-en-dal / Pretoriuskop areas.

BEHAVIOUR:
Diurnal & nocturnal. Cows & calves form nursery herds of 2-6, but herds of 15 or more may be seen. Average home range: 0,3-0,75 km2 & overlaps several ram territories. Ram territories: 0,3 km2. At 9-12 months, young rams join bachelor herds.
Calls: Loud, shrill nasal whistle.
Alarm signals:
- Alert posture.
- Stamping.
- Freezing.
- Skulking.
- Style trotting & stotting.
- Raising bushy tail.
Aggression:
- Horn threats.
- Head tossing & nodding.
- Ground horning.
- Mock/real charges.
- Butting & chasing.

REPRODUCTION:
Single lamb of 3kg is born after a gestation of 7,5-8 months. Breeding in summer.

FOOD:
Grasses.

HABITAT:
Dry, grass covered, rocky mountainious slopes within proximity to water.

Sources used:
- Field Guide to the mammals of the Kruger National Park by Heike Schutze.
- Field Guide to the larger mammals of Africa by Chris & Tilde Swart.

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Unread post by MarkWildDog » Sat Oct 21, 2006 11:00 am

Found in the following SANParks:
- Addo Elephant National Park.
- Karoo National Park.
- Golden Gate National Park.
- Mountain Zebra National Park.
- Kruger National Park.

Has anyone had a sighting of them or a photo would be great?

:wink:

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Unread post by MarkWildDog » Thu Oct 26, 2006 1:51 pm

@ Bwana: Yes, they are found in KNP, mostly in the Malelane Mountains but they occasionaly wonder off in the Pretoriuskop areas.

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Unread post by bwana » Fri Oct 27, 2006 7:32 am

Southern Reedbuck = Common Reedbuck. Common Reedbuck or mature Mountain Reedbuck, its difficult to to tell the difference with it lying down.
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Unread post by MarkWildDog » Fri Oct 27, 2006 4:26 pm

Hi Guys,

It is actually very easy to distinguish a Mountain Reedbuck from a Common Reedbuck. Mountain Reedbuck are actually very small (slightly bigger than a Steenbok) the females have highly characteristic white shades of hair on their coats. Males coats are more yellowish. As for the Common Reedbuck they are about Impala size & are more yellow with patches of white all over their bodies.

From looking at the coat of DQ's Pic it looks to me like a Mountain Reedbuck but if I could see the face it would be more easy to distinguish. :lol:

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Unread post by bwana » Fri Oct 27, 2006 7:43 pm

A Mountain Reedbuck weighs exactly the same as a South African Springbuck, approximately 25 - 35kg on the hoof and is as tall and as long - much, much bigger than a steenbok. DQ's pics: look at the 2nd pic, the snout firstly is totally different to that of a Reedbuck, secondly the white tummy of a Mountain Reedbuck is very noticable, on males and females, thirdly the way the buck is running in the first pic, head down is the way a Duiker moves.
Here is a very bad picture captured from a movie showing some Mountain Reedbuck, check the colour variation between the neck and the body - which is a light grey:
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Unread post by Liam » Thu Jan 24, 2008 2:18 am

Common Reedbuck=Southern Reedbuck. Same Antelope!

There are about 400 in the park and are actually quite often seen around Muntshe so don't be surprised that you saw them there Nico! :)

Mountain Reedbuck are a lot rarer and are only seen around BnD and the Malelane Mountain Bushveld.
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Unread post by johanrebel » Tue Jan 29, 2008 9:41 pm

MarkWildDog wrote:WOW! DQ that sighting really needs to be recorded because in most of my field guides they said that Mountain Reedbuck were only found in the Berg-en-dal/ Pretoriuskop areas.


I, too, have seen Mountain Reedbuck when walking in the Lebombos, so they definitely do occur there.

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Re: Antelope: Mountain Reedbuck

Unread post by Safrica » Thu Jan 08, 2009 10:46 am

back in `98 the last animal we saw before driving out of KNP was a mountain reedbuck...
must have been close to malelane gate (or was it numbi?) :hmz:
but i´m quite sure we drove out of the park at malelane
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Re: Antelope: Mountain Reedbuck

Unread post by SamoesaWoestyn » Sat Apr 11, 2009 9:58 am

Hi all

There is a mountain here in the estate that we are staying at. Last year one afternoon we saw 2 antelopes half way up the mountain. We got the binoculars and realized it were mountain reedbucks but we were not 100% sure of it because it was so far from our house.

This morning me and my brother (aka Zapman) took on the mountain in search of our reedbucks. After an hour of intense climbing, we saw them but they ran off immediately. But we followed them and after some patience and sneaking we had a quick glimpse of them before they took the road again. And they had a young one with them!!!

Now we know that there are definitely 3 Mountain Reedbucks here in our neighborhood. What a great thought!!!

And as usual, I took my camera with...

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This was only the second time I saw them in almost a year and half’s time!! They are indeed very shy!!
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Re: Antelope: Mountain Reedbuck

Unread post by Zapman » Sat Apr 11, 2009 10:17 am

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Re: Antelope: Mountain Reedbuck

Unread post by Mike1916 » Sat Apr 11, 2009 10:27 am

Wow you are so lucky SamoesaWoestyn :mrgreen: :mrgreen:
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Unread post by G@mespotter » Mon Oct 26, 2009 4:09 pm

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I was quite excited when I saw these 2 along a 4x4 route in Marakele on last Saturday!! (24 Oct 2009) :dance: They were MATING :lol: but I still had to switch on the camera etc, but still was lucky enough to get a few shots before the dissappeared into the bushes...

Was really lucky, and also a new species to me :dance: :D 8)
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Re: Antelope: Mountain Reedbuck

Unread post by Mike1916 » Tue Oct 27, 2009 7:47 am

:clap: :clap: :clap: Great Sighting GS :mrgreen: :mrgreen:
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Re: Antelope: Mountain Reedbuck

Unread post by BushFairy » Thu Aug 19, 2010 8:49 pm

Hello everyone :D

I just read through this topic and was surprised to see that so few sightings have been recorded. Anyways, here is a pic of a Mountain Reedbuck ram taken in Mountain Zebra National Park (I have seen them EVERY TIME I have been to MZNP)!

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