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(engl: Nilgai)

Male or female?

Males have horns and a pronounced neck/neck mane. Due to their blue-gray coat, the Nilgau antelope is often referred to as "Biaubock". The smaller, hornless females have a light brown coat.

Fighting on knees

The females live in herds of up to 20 animals. The males fight during mating season to lead the herd. The rivals kneel before each other. They then ram into each other with their horns, or try to hold their ground in the neck-fight until the loser gives up.

Nilgau-Antilope, Foto: Thomas Hahn
Nilgau-Antilope, Foto: Thomas Hahn
Verbreitungsgebiet: Nilgau-Antilope
Verbreitungsgebiet: Nilgau-Antilope
Scientific Surname Boselaphus tragocamelus
Order Artiodactyla
Family Bovidae
Size till 150 cm
Weight male: 250 kg, female 130 kg
Reproduction gestation period 8 month, 1 subadult
Distribution India
Habitat forest, savannah
Food Grasses, Herbs, Leaves, Fruits