Mountain Nyala


The Mountain Nyala (Tragelaphus buxtoni) is an antelope found in high altitude woodland in a small part of central Ethiopia. The coat is grey to brown, marked with two to five poorly defined white strips extending from the back to the underside, and a row of six to ten white spots. White markings are present on the face, throat, and legs as well. Males have a short dark erect crest, about 10 cm high, running along the middle of the back. Only males possess horns.
They are shy and elusive for human beings. Four to five individuals may congregate for short intervals of time to form small herds. Males are not territorial. Primarily a browser, the Mountain Nyala may switch to grazing occasionally. Females start mating at two years of age, and males too become sexually mature by that time.
The typical habitat for the Mountain Nyala is composed of montane woodlands at an altitude of 3,000–3,400 m.




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