Animals of the world, Common Duiker

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  • Small African antelopes
  • Duikers have sturdy, short legs, short tails, and fairly uniform coloration.
  • It grows to about 50 cm (20 in) in height and generally weighs 12 to 25 kg (26 to 55 lbs)
  • Only the male has horns and these can grow to 11 cm (4.3 in) long
  • The Duiker gets its name from the Afrikaans word ‘duiker’ which means to dive, relating to the animal’s habit of ducking away into the bushes when danger threatens.
  • They are mainly active in late afternoon and into the night with other peak periods in the early morning hours.
  • Common duiker generally occur in woodland with ample underbush and are absent from open short grassland
  • Males and females do share territories, but only come together to mate.
  • Fruit is a major component of every species’ diet. They will also eat insects, frogs, small birds and mammals, and even carrion
  • The common duiker will stand on its hind feet to reach high into fruiting bushes.
  • Common duiker are not water dependent and even where water is available they rarely drink
  • They are active both day and night, but become more nocturnal near human settlements.
  • Their lifespan is 8-11 years.

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