Oribi - Ourebia ourebi

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Damara Dik-dik - Madoqua kirkii | Oribi - Ourebia ourebi | Suni - Neotragus moschatus | Grysbok - Raphicerus melanotis | Sharpe's Grysbok - Raphicerus sharpii | Klipspringer - Oreotragus oreotragus | Blue Duiker - Philancomba monticola | Red Duiker - Cepholophus natalensis | Common Duiker - Sylvicapra grimmia | Steenbok - Raphicerus campestris | Bushbuck - Trogelophus scriptus | Blesbok - Damaliscus dorcas phillipsi | Bontebok- Domaliscus dorcas dorcas | Reedbuck - Redunca arundinum | Mountain Reedbuck - Redunca fulvorufula | Grey Rheebuck- Pelea capreolus | Springbuck - Antidorcas marsupialis | Impala - Aepyceros melampus melampus | Blue Wildebeest - Connochaetes taurinus | Black Wildebeest - Connochaetes gnu | Tsessebe - Domaliscus lunatus | Gemsbuck - Oryx gazella | Red Hartebeest - Alcelaphus buselaphus | Lichtenstein's Hartebeest - Sigmoceros lichtensteinii | Sable- Hippotragus niger | Roan - Hippotragus equinus | Puku - Kobus vardonii | Waterbuck - Kobus ellipsiprymnus | Red Lechwe - Kobus leche | Nyala - Tragelaphus angasii | Sitatunga - Tragelaphus spekei | Kudu - Tragelaphus strepsiceros | Eland - Taurotragus oryx | Buffalo - Syncerus caffer

 


Afrikaans Oorbietjie
Zulu Wula.Iwula Tswana Phuduhudu kgamane
R.W. Min 5" Max 7"
S.C.I Min 13" Max 8" Measurement Method 1
Photo Roland Hunziker

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Tracks
4 cm

Distribution

Dung
1 cm
Deposited in middens near pathways

Visible Male/Female Differences

Only males bear horns. Females are slightly bigger than males.

Habitat and Distribution

Open habitat with short grass and patches of heavy cover. Independent of water.

Diet

A strong preference for fresh green grass. Seasonally eats grass flowers.

Reproduction

Single young weighing 2,3kg are born in November-January after a gestation of 210 days.  Fawns are weaned at 3-4 months. Lifespan 13 years.

Behavior and Habits

Active day and night, grazing for about a third of the day and resting in thicker grass or bushes. A social unit is a territorial ram, one or two females and their young. Male territories cover about 30-50 ha but territories may be  smaller in habitats with more food. Rams display their status by standing prominently, patrolling the borders of their territory, and stotting. They mark their territories with urine and dung and rub a black preorbital gland secretion on stiff grass stems. Males scratch where females have defecated and urinated and over-mark with their own scent. They defend territories savagely and fights may be fatal. Being very alert, they keep their heads up when resting and choose positions on higher ground for good visibility. In long grass it jumps every few paces to check for predators. 

Sounds

The alarm call is a snorting whistle or short snorts.

Dung and Field sign

Droppings are 1 cm long with a short narrow point at one end, deposited in middens next to pathways. Bitten-off grass stems with black secretion on top.

 



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