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Duiker – Grey

(Latin = Sylvicapra grimmia, Afrikaans = Gewone duiker, Tswana = Photiko-tswana)

  • Numbers: High
  • Weight: 15 – 26 kg (33 – 57 lb.)
  • Shoulder height: 51 cm (20 in.)
  • Record Horn Length:
  • SCI: 7 and one eight in.
  • Rowland Ward: 6 and one eight in.
  • Females horns? No


Considerable colour variations within populations are observed in some areas. The under parts are usually white. Most have a black band restricted to the lower part of the face near the nostrils.


The common duiker has a wide diet, beyond herbivorous, browsing for leaves, flowers, fruits and tubers, they will also eat insects, frogs, small birds and mammals, and even carrion. As long as they have vegetation to eat, they can go without drinking for very long periods.


Breeding takes place year round and the female gives birth to one fawn after a gestation period of 3 to 7 months.


The Grey Duiker is a Small antelope found pretty much everywhere in Africa south of the Sahara. They can generally be found in habitats with sufficient vegetation cover to allow them to hide. This includes savanna and hilly areas.


When hunting duiker, a shotgun would be an excellent choice, as most shots will be taken at short range on a running target. Place your shot on the side-on target to execute the high heart/lung shot, i.e. straight up the foreleg, just below the animal’s midline.

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