Unusual features/differences from similar
front of the legs have no dark line as in the reedbuck.
The ears are narrow and have rounded tips whereas the ears are broader
and have triangular tips in reedbuck. Ears and are very long and narrow in
Grey Rheebok. The tips of the horns are hooked sharply forward
whereas there is an even forward curve in reedbuck
and straight spikes in Grey Rheebok.
Visible Male/Female Difference
Only males bear horns. Females have two pairs of nipples between their hind
legs and the neck is very thin.
Habitat and Distribution
Steep rocky slopes with grass cover and scattered bushes
A selective grazer. Prefers short grass
burned within the past year.
Single lambs weighing 3 kg are born after a gestation of 236-251 days. Females mature
at 12-14 months, males mature at 27 months. Males do not mate
until they hold territory. Horns begin growing at 15 months and start curving forward at 2
develops ridges at 3 years. Lifespan 12 years. Females give birth in cover. Lambs lie hidden for 2-3
months; females visit calves to suckle and
Behavior and Habits
Lives singly or in small herds of 3-6. Males without territories live alone or in
bachelor groups. Active in the early morning, late afternoon and at night. Rests during the day in
the cover of bushes and trees, herd members lie close together. Moves down from slopes to
feed and reach water at night.
Mature rams hold territories of about 30 ha. When threatened, the mountain
reedbuck runs with exaggerated rocking-horse
action with the tail curled up to show the white underside.
The alarm call is a loud, repeated, shrill whistle.
Dung and Field sign
Droppings are clusters of squashed, round pellets.