Unusual features/differences from similar
Eyes eyes have a white
ring around them. and the neck is very thin and slender. The ears are
long, narrow and pointed but wider in the Mountain
Reedbuck. The coat is thick
Visible Male/Female Differences
Only males bear horns and are larger than the females. Females have two pairs
of nipples between their hind legs.
Habitat and Distribution
Rocky hills with good grass cover. Occurs higher than Mountain Reedbuck.
Prefers north-facing slopes.
Browses on broad-leaved plants. Independent of water
Single young are born after a gestation of 261 weeks. Lambs weaned at 6-8
months. Females leave the herd to give birth and stays away for up to 2 weeks.
Lambs lie hidden for 6 weeks.
Behavior and Habits
Active during the day, feeding longer in winter than in summer.
The ram with
females and young live on a territory established by the ram. Territories are
marked by defecation and urination. Urine is mixed with a dark secretion from
the gland in front of the genitals. Both males and females have glands between the hooves which
produce a secretion with an unpleasant odor. Territorial neighbours display
at the common border by stotting and running along the territorial borderline
while stamping and snorting. Serious fights are rare. Males only breed once they
have a territory.
The alarm snort also moans and hisses.
Dung and Field sign
Droppings are 1 cm long, tapered at
one end and blunt at the other.