Yellow-backed Duiker
Cephalophus silvicultor

CLASS: Mammalia
ORDER: Artiodactyla
FAMILY: Bovidae

SIZE:
33 inches high and about 100 to 175 pounds.

RANGE:
Western central Africa from Gambia to Kenya and then south to northern Angola and Zambia.

HABITAT:
Rainforests, especially along forest edges and in riverine thickets.

DIET:

  • Wild - Seeds, fruits, berries, herbs, bark, fungi, and mosses.
  • Zoo - Herbivore diet, apples, lettuce, carrots.

DESCRIPTION:
This large duiker is dark blackish brown with light gray cheeks and muzzle. There is a yellow to cream triangular patch on the back that is widest at the tail. The crest between the horns is rufous. The lower rump is grayish.

FACTS:

  • This is a mainly solitary species that will defend its territory from others.
  • It spends much time hidden under fallen branches at the bases of trees.

YOUNG:
There usually is one young per year.

STATUS:
Considered widespread and common, but in some areas it has become endangered because of overhunting.

REFERENCES:

  • Kingdon Field Guide to African Mammals. Jonathan Kingdon.
  • Walker’s Mammals of the World. Vol. 2. Fifth Edition. Ronald M. Nowak.