Bushbuck - did you know
- Only male has horns
- Lives in overlapping home ranges and whithin an area animals know each other and have a dominance hierarchy.
- Are solitary, but groups may be seen feeding peacefully in the same clearing.
- Hierarchy among males is age-based.
- When males get older the chestnut color changes to dark brown and the white marking become more conspicuous.
- Are slow runners but good swimmers
- Usually feeds at night and in early mornings or late evenings. If they are active during daytime it is usually in cool weather.
- Are exceptionally aggressive. Males will fight to the death over females and there are records of a bushbuck fatally goring a human.
- Males have a very loud bark, females also bark but less loudly.
- Babies are born in dense bushes and lie out for 4 months before accompanying their mother in the open and are mature by 1 year. Male horns will reach adult size around 3 years.
- The bushbuck is very well camouflaged while standing in cover.
- Shoulder height : male 80 cm, female 70 cm
Wild Ways – Peter Apps
Beat about the Bush – Trevor Carnaby
Safari Companion - Richard D. Estes
Behaviour guide to African mammals - Richard D. Estes
Kingdon Field Guide to African mammals - Jonathan Kingdon