Blue duiker at the Nahoon Estuary Nature Reserve

Of all the southern African Sub-region antelope, Blue duikers (Philantomba monticola)are smallest measuring about 30 cm in height and weighing around 4 kg (females are slightly larger at 4.6 kg).


They are specialists in their habitat requirements confined in our area to dense coastal bush, riparian forest and thickets. They feed mainly on leaves, flowers and fruit and very infrequently browse. An interesting observation recently was the duiker illustrated here doing some passive cud-chewing like the larger bovines (cattle and buffalo).

Both sexes have tiny horns (longer in the male at 45 mm and about 31 mm in females). The longest horn recorded is curated at the Amathole Museum measuring 57.2 mm.


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