Abbott’s duiker



This tight lipped, forest-dwelling bovid was initial photographed within the wild as recently as 2003, with the help of a camera entice Abbott's dicker (Cephalophus spadix) encompasses a fat body, with short, thick legs and a thick neck, and a shiny coat that varies in color between dark chestnut-brown and black, generally with a chromatic tinge to the belly and sidesThe face is a lot of pale gray in color and an extended and extremely distinctive tuft of achromatic hair sits between the fairly short, pointed horns
Also referred to as
    Abbot’s dicker

Size
    Head-body length: ninety seven – a hundred and forty cm
    Tail length: eight – thirteen cm
Weight
 fifty – sixty kilogram

The tightlipped behaviour of Abbott’s duiker, at the side of its for the most part nocturnal habits and preference for dense vegetation, has meant that small is understood regarding the ecology and behavior of this species. it's been determined feeding on leaves within the forest understorey, and on vegetation in forest clearings and will take advantage of fruits, flowers and non vascular plant AN Abbott’s dicker has conjointly been seen with a frog in its mouth; duikers square measure proverbial to often capture and take advantage of live prey

The cryptic habits and application of Abbott’s dicker sadly doesn't defend it entirely from predation. Young Abbott’s duikers square measure most likely preyed on by African topped eagles (Stephanus coronatus) and pythons (Python species), whereas duikers of all ages might fall victim to leopards (Panthera pardus) Lions (Panthera leo) and noticed hyenas (Crocuta crocuta) might also hunt this duiker species in some areas


Primarily AN dweller of dense forest Abbott’s duiker is commonest between elevations of one,300 and 2,700 metres, however might occur up to four,000 metres on top of water level also as mature forest, Abbott’s duiker will be found in disturbed and secondary forest, and sometimes grasslands

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