Yellow-backed Duiker

Yellow-backed Duiker

Yellow-backed Duiker
Cephalophus silvicultor


CLASS
Mammalia
ORDER
Artiodactyla
FAMILY
Bovidae

Range

West Africa (Senegal, Liberia) through central and equatorial Africa into Kenya, and south to northern Angola and Zambia


Habitat

Dense mountain, riverine and tropical forests


Diet

Seeds, fruits, berries, herbs, bark, fungi, and mosses

Weight

100 - 175 lbs.

Length

3.8 - 4.8 ft.

Gestation

6 months

Young

1 - 2 calves

IUCN Status

Least Concern

Facts

  • Yellow-backed duikers are the largest of the 15 known duiker species.
  • Generally nocturnal, these duikers lie up singly during the day in "forms" - regularly used beds found under fallen tree trunks, in root forms at the bases of trees, and in dense tangles.
  • Territorial behavior includes scent-marking, horning vegetation and dominance and defensive displays.
  • When alarmed, the yellow-backed duiker erects its bright dorsal crest and whistles a shrill alert, then flees into the underbrush.

 

Conservation

Yellow-backed duikers are the most abundant of all duiker species, but they face threats from habitat loss and poaching for the bushmeat trade.

Least Concern

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Address

Alexandria Zoo
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Alexandria, LA 71301
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