Duiker – Red
(Latin = Cephalophus natalensis, Afrikaans = Rooi duiker)
- Numbers: Low
- Weight: 11 – 14 kg (24 – 31 lb.)
- Shoulder height: ± 43 cm (17 in.)
- Record Horn Length:
- SCI: 4 and one eight in.
- Rowland Ward: 4 and one eight in.
- Female horns? Yes
The Red Duiker is smaller than the Common Duiker. The upper parts are a deep chestnut-red and the lower parts of the flanks and under parts are a pale chestnut colour. The nape and throat turn ash-grey as the animal ages. Both sexes carry short, straight horns.
Red Duiker forages on freshly fallen leaves, fruits and flowers from forest canopies. Foraging occurs mostly during the early mornings and late afternoons.
Single lambs are born after a gestation period of 210 days. Calving intervals are about 235 days. They are non-seasonal breeders. A single offspring is born and will stay with its mother for up to about six to eight months. Males take no part in rearing young but both sexes will respond to a distress call from the calf.
The Red-flanked Duiker is found in gallery forests, forest edges, woodland edges and clearings and is decidedly less confined to dense forests than most other Duikers.
Shy and secretive, they are extremely hard to spot and therefore seldom seen. When encountered and alerted, they will almost surely bound away, giving only a fleeting glimpse of red. Hunting red duiker can be a real challenge because of his size and shyness, not to mention his preferred habitat. Only fleeting glimpses will be afforded to the hunter. While any rifle would certainly be adequate, a shotgun would probably be the better weapon of choice. Shoot straight and fast