Red Forest Duiker


Red Forest Duiker
Red Forest Duiker
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Artiodactyla
Family: Bovidae
Genus: Cephalophus
Species: C. natalensis
Binomial name
Cephalophus natalensis
A. Smith, 1834

The Red Forest Duiker, Natal Duiker, or Natal Red Duiker (Cephalophus natalensis), is a small antelope found in central to southern Africa. It is found in forests and shrublands in Malawi, Mozambique, and southern Tanzania.

Red Duiker at Pigeon Valley, Durban, South Africa
Red Duiker at Pigeon Valley feeding

Red Forest Duikers are roughly 40 centimetres tall at the shoulder and weigh 15 kilogrammes on average. They have a chestnut coat, with dark patches on the face and back of the neck. They eat fallen fruit, plus foliage and insects. They are territorial with mated pairs defending territory. Usually 1 fawn is produced each year, with gestation estimated between 4 and 7.5 months.[2]

Red Forest Duikers are on the IUCN red list of threatened species.

References

  1. ^ IUCN SSC Antelope Specialist Group (2008). Cephalophus natalensis. In: IUCN 2008. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 29 March 2009. Database entry includes a brief justification of why this species is of least concern.
  2. ^ Alden, Peter (1995). National Audubon Society: Field Guide to African Wildlife. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. pp. 460–461. ISBN 0-679-43234-5.