Afrikaans name: Blouduiker
Interesting facts about Blue Duiker
The Blue Duiker is a really small antelope standing only 35 cm tall at the shoulder (while a Blue Wildebeest can be 145 cm). They only weigh around 4 kg so it isn't going to be much of a meal for a Lion, but for a Crowned Eagle they are just right!
The Blue Duiker mainly eats leaves, flowers and fruit but, surprisingly, they will also eat insects and eggs.
The main habitat for the Blue Duiker is forest, particularly coastal forest. They are territorial and will defend their small territory. The Blue Duiker is very shy and will give a sharp whistle to warn others of an intruder as they bolt through the thick undergrowth.
Females produce one offspring each year.
References and further readingAn Introduction to the Larger Mammals of Southern Africa - Author: Joanna Dalton - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 274
Chris and Tilde Stuart's Field Guide to the Mammals of Southern Africa - Author: Chris and Tilde Stuart - Year Published: 1988 - Page: 220
Land Mammals of Southern Africa - A field guide - Author: Reay HN Smithers - Year Published: 1986 - Page: 166
Mammals of Southern Africa - Author: Burger Cillier - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 99
Mammals of the Kruger and other National Parks - Author: The National Parks Board - Year Published: 1980 - Page: 90
Reader's Digest Illustrated Guide to the Game Parks and Nature Reserves of Southern Africa - 2nd edi - Author: Editor - Alan Duggan - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 415
Signs of the Wild - Author: Clive Walker - Year Published: 1986 - Page: 170