Red forest duiker

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Red forest duiker
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Artiodactyla
Family: Bovidae
Genus: Cephalophus
Species: C. natalensis
Binomial name
Cephalophus natalensis
A. Smith, 1834

The red forest duiker, Natal duiker, or Natal red duiker (Cephalophus natalensis) is a small antelope found in central to southern Africa. It is found in forests and shrublands in Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa and southern Tanzania.

Red duiker at Pigeon Valley, Durban, South Africa
Red duiker at Pigeon Valley, feeding

Red forest duikers are roughly 40 cm (16 in) tall at the shoulder and weigh 15 kg (33 lb) on average. They have chestnut coats, with dark patches on their faces and backs of their necks. They eat fallen fruit, foliage, and insects. They are territorial, with mated pairs defending territory. Usually, a single fawn is produced each year, with gestation estimated between 4 and 7.5 months.[2]

Red forest duikers are on the IUCN red list of threatened species.


  1. ^ IUCN SSC Antelope Specialist Group (2008). Cephalophus natalensis. In: IUCN 2008. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Retrieved 29 March 2009. Database entry includes a brief justification of why this species is of least concern.
  2. ^ Alden, Peter (1995). National Audubon Society: Field Guide to African Wildlife. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. pp. 460–461. ISBN 0-679-43234-5. 

This small, stocky antelope has an attractive chestnut-red coat that can, surprisingly, obscure its appearance in the dappled light of the forest. Both male and female Natal duikers have short, straight, backward-sloping horns, hidden amongst a tuft of long and bushy chestnut-black hair (3) (4). The horns of the male are around twice the length of those of the female (4). The margins of the ears, chin, throat and underside of the tail are white, while the upperside of the tail, ears and muzzle are black (2) (4). The neck turns blue-grey with age (3) and in ...