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Antelope: Common Duiker

Unread post by MarkWildDog » Tue Oct 24, 2006 3:02 pm

COMMON DUIKER
(Sylvicapra grimmia)

Ger: Buschducker.
Fre: Cephalophe commun.
Afr: Gewane duiker.
Xho, Zul: Impunzi.

Mass: 15-25 kg.
Shoulder height: 0,45-0,6 m.
Tail length: 10-22 cm.
ID Pointers:
- Ponytail-like crest of hair on top of head.
- Black blaze on face.
- Narrow snout.
Lifespan: +/- 10 yrs.
Top 10 Predators:
1. Leopard
2. Wild Dog
3. Cheetah
4. Lion
5. Baboon
6. Pythons
7. Caracal
8. Crocodile
9. Serval
10. Brown Hyaena

DESCRIPTION:
- Upperparts are a mixture of grey, red & yellow.
- Underparts are white.
- Dark blaze on face.
- Tail is black with some white & is white underneath.
Scent glands: Preorbital, hoof & inguinal.
Senses: Very good hearing, smell & sight.
Horns: Only rams have horns which are straight & heavily ridged with smooth tips. Length: 10-18 cm.

DISTRIBUTION IN KNP:
Widespread.

BEHAVIOUR:
Diurnal & nocturnal. Solitary, defending territories of 0,2 km2 which are marked by rubbing against bushes & grasses.
Calls:
- Snorts.
- Bleats.
Alarm signals:
- Sneaking into cover.
- Freezing.
- Ducking.
- Lieing low.
- Fleeing in zigzag leaps.

REPRODUCTION:
A single lamb of 1,4-1,9 kg is born after a gestation of 7 months. Breeding in summer.

FOOD:
Flowers, shoots, leaves, fruits, seeds, pods, cultivated crops, termites, carrion, bulbs, tubers, roots & even birds! :shock:

HABITAT:
Wide habitat tolerance. Prefers savanna woodland.

Sources:
- 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 » Tue Oct 24, 2006 3:05 pm

Found in the following SANParks:
- Addo Elephant National Park.
- Cambedoo National Park.
- Mountain Zebra National Park.
- West Coast National Park.
- Table Mountain National Park.
- Tankwa-Karoo National Park.
- Karoo National Park.
- Namaqua National Park.
- Richtersveld National Park.
- Kgaligadi Transfronteir National Park.
- Marakele National Park.
- Mapungubwe National Park.
- Golden Gate National Park.
- Kruger National Park.

Any photo's?

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Unread post by Katja » Tue Oct 24, 2006 8:42 pm

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Unread post by Salva » Wed Jun 13, 2007 11:42 am

For Arks :wink: ! It seems these guys are difficult to photograph so I guess I can consider myself rather lucky with this pic.

We saw this one on the Maroela loop last year. The year before we saw 2 (S39 and S36) but they disappeared to quick for a decent pic.

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Unread post by katydownunder » Wed Jun 13, 2007 8:36 pm

I had a look through my photos.
Common duiker really always give me a hard time. Like Arks said, as soon as you stop they are gone in seconds.

I took this pic during our Kruger trip 2005:
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And this one during our recent trip near Pretoriuskop:
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Unread post by murron66 » Sun Jul 01, 2007 12:33 pm

On S25

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Unread post by Wild about cats » Sun Jul 01, 2007 12:41 pm

Nice photo! :mrgreen:

Shame, his face isn't very well groomed... :cry:
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Unread post by Wild about cats » Sun Jul 01, 2007 1:01 pm

Looks like a whole bunch of ticks :?
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Unread post by murron66 » Sun Jul 01, 2007 3:20 pm

You are right.. as you can see these are tics and I wanted to pull them out as well.. poor thing..

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Unread post by Jay » Sun Jul 01, 2007 4:24 pm

I suppose because duikers are generally solitary there is not much scope for allogrooming :? and yes in the bigger web of life I suppose ticks need food too :wink: as difficult as that is to accept :|

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Unread post by Wild-doc » Mon Jul 02, 2007 11:57 am

A bit of a better groomed specimen just to lighten up the mood here.

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Re: Antelope: Common Duiker

Unread post by Leeukos » Wed May 16, 2012 8:48 pm

Saw this Common Duiker close to the Gardenia Hide in the Kruger National Park.

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Did You Know? :hmz:
Only male Common-Duikers have horns, but a few times it has been noted that females has short stunted horns.
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Re: Antelope: Common Duiker

Unread post by Roan » Sun May 20, 2012 7:50 pm

Hi all. :shock:
Saw something very interesting in the garden this morning . . . . . . Saw a common duiker eating a dead laughing dove! :big_eyes:
Heard of it, but have never actually seen it before. :hmz:
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Re: Antelope: Common Duiker

Unread post by Leeukos » Mon Dec 17, 2012 8:00 am

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"A roaring lion kills no game."
"Until lions start writing down their own stories, the hunters will always be heroes."
"If you kill a tree, you are killing a bird."
“When the sun has set, no candle can replace it.”

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Re: Mammal ID Needed?

Unread post by jaffles » Wed Mar 25, 2015 9:03 pm

Hi all,

what kind of antelope is this one. I have no idea.

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