Duiker – Blue
(Latin = Philantomba monticola, Afrikaans = Blouduiker)
- Numbers: Low
- Weight: 4 – 5 kg (9 – 11 lb.)
- Shoulder height: ± 30 cm (12 in.)
- Record Horn Length:
- SCI: 9 2/16 in.
- Rowland Ward: 7 and two eights in.
- Females horns? Yes
The Blue Duiker is a small antelope found in western, southern and eastern Africa. It is the smallest duiker and the smallest antelope in South Africa. Females are slightly larger than the males. The coat is blue-grey and both sexes carry short sharp horns.
The Blue Duiker feeds on fresh leaves, fruit and flowers fallen from the forest canopy.
They are non-seasonal breeders, with a gestation period of about 210 days.
The Blue Duiker is widely distributed from the Eastern Cape to parts of West Africa. However, as a consequence of its habitat preference the distribution range is as disjunct as is the indigenous evergreen forests they frequent.
Hunting it is a real challenge because they are solitary, secretive, silent, extremely difficult to spot and they run for cover at the slightest threat of danger. Because of its shy and timid nature, a hunter will most probably only get a fleeting glance of it, therefore using a shotgun will be the most suitable. Any caliber rifle would certainly be adequate. Classic shot placement, of course, would be on or just behind the shoulder, however, when hunting blue duiker, one may have to settle for a hit wherever it can be made.