In most antelope species, all members are similarly colored, but in Antilope cervicapra the dominant male is black and white, while the female and young are light brown and white.
Males are also distinguished by their twisted spiraling horns, which measure up to twenty-four inches (60 cm).
Herds of blackbucks may number up to fifty individuals.
As young males mature, they are pushed out of the herd by the dominant male.
Today blackbucks are rare outside of game reserves and parks, where they can sometimes be seen grazing in the early morning and late afternoon.
Name: Blackbuck (Antilope cervicapra)
Family: Bovidae (Cattle and Relatives)
Range: Pakistan, India, Nepal
Habitat: Grassy plains to dry woodlands
Diet: Short grasses and cultivated cereals
Head and Body Length: 3 to 5 feet (1 to 1.5 m)
Tail Length: 4 to 7 inches (10 to 17 cm)
Shoulder Height: 24 to 33 inches (60 to 85 cm)
Weight: 55 to 88 pounds (25 to 40 kg)
Life Cycle: Mating February to March; gestation 160 to 180 days, one or two young born
Description: Fawn or yellow (females), brown (males), or black (dominant males); white underside, rump, muzzle and eye-ring; long, spiraling horns (males)
Conservation Status: Vulnerable
Major Threat: Habitat loss; hunting
What Can I Do?
: Visit the International Foundation for the Conservation of Wildlife
for information on how you can help.