Natal Duiker

Cephalophus natalensis

Common name

Natal Duiker

Habitat

Evergreen forests, tropical and subtropical rainforests, coastal shrublands and riparian vegetation.
Features

Family

Bovidae, Subfamily: Antilopinae

Medals

Artiodactyla

Class

Mammalia

Gestation

210 days.

Number of offspring

1

Preproduction

ESB

Diet

Leaves, fruits and flowers of different riverine species of trees, shrubs and herbs.

Life

Up to 15 years in captivity.

Biology and behavior

With a height of about 43-46 cm and a weight of about 11-14 kg, the Natal red duiker is relatively smaller than other duikers. Its fur is bright brown, except on the underparts, which are lighter. They have a characteristic tuft of hair on their head that is generally dark brown, the tail is reddish with a black and white tuft.

Although females are somewhat smaller than males, there is no apparent sexual dimorphism; both the male and the female have horns, which are short and thick.

The Natal red duiker is more diurnal and less stealthy than other duikers. It is territorial and normally lives in pairs, in pairs with a baby or alone. The only times in which they come together in groups of more than three individuals is when they go to sources of water or salt, or in places where there are fruits. fallen on the territorial edges.

Males mark their territory by rubbing the secretory glands on their face on grass, small branches, tree bark, and even on their mate or offspring.

Some
curiosities

The Natal red duiker has disappeared from large areas of its range as a result of habitat loss due to the expansion of human settlement and agriculture, as well as hunting.

Protected areas within its range, such as the Selous reserve in Tanzania or the Maputo reserve in Mozambique, are places where the Natal red duiker is well represented.

African savanna
Wetlands
africans
Habitats
Equatorial jungle
Madagascar Island