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Very similar in appearance to Grey Duiker but smaller at shoulder (32cm) and a rich russett red in colour with dark ears and a small black tail which is white on the underside. All Duikers are unique in the antelope family as they are known to hunt small birds and mammals and will often eat carrion.



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Connochaetes tauruinus



This is the common

Wildebeest of which there are a few subspecies geographically. The white bearded is the Masai/Serengeti species (C.meani/albojubatus). Cookson’s wildebeest (C.cooksoni) has a more brownish tinge than the grey/blue and has a black face. Both sexes have horns. Usually found in huge herds. Grazer.



Black wildebeest.




Wildebeest or

White tailed Gnu



Connochaetes gnou



Standing 1.2m at the shoulder this wildebeest has a overall black appearance although on closer inspection it is dark brown. The horns grow outward and turn forward and up not sideways and up as in its cousin the blue wildebeest. The whitish tail is a good indication of this species as is the crest of facial hair on the upper muzzle. Prefers grazing but will browse. Both sexes have horns.



Blue wildebeest.




Common Duiker.



Sylvicarpa grimmia



Small (50cm at shoulder) antelope grey to sandy red in colour more pointed face than Grysboks and Steenboks throat and underbelly lighter in colour darkish stripe on front of face. Rough coated browser with darker legs along front edges. Males have small straight horns and both sexes have a little crest of hair between the large oval ears. Facial gland from eye to muzzle.



Possible to confuse with Grey Rhebok but separated on habitat.



Red Duiker



Cephalophus natalensis



Should not really be confused with anything else on colour.