Blackbuck Antelope

Primarily found inWGI 0384

India & Pakistan

Introduction to the Blackbuck Antelope

Blackbuck antelope are one of the smallest antelope species of the exotic breeds.  Mature males differ in appearance greatly from that of females.  As males age, their coloration graduates from a light tan at birth to dark brown, almost black, at 5 to 6 years of age and older.  These older males exhibit a striking contrast in color with their bright white bellies, muzzle, and "eyebrows".  Females and young have similar white markings to males with main coat color being tan.  Male horns "corkscrew" upward in a V-shape with 1-4 tight spirals (depending on age and genetic potential).  Females usually lack horns, but some may.  Female horns are often thinner, smoother, and may grow in non-typical patterns.  Males typically weigh from 70 – 100 lbs. while females weigh slightly less.

Blackbuck Antelope behavior

Tend to inhabit open grasslands and are primarily diurnal.  Considered one of the fastest animals in the world.  Their keen eye sight and blazing speeds are its main protection against predators. When alarmed, the herd disperses in high leaps and bounds, then breaks off into a quick gallop.  Males use horns in displaying rituals to attract females and fighting for breeding rights during the rut.  Males will lock horns and push against each other until one male concedes defeat.  Playful sparring occurs much in the same way, but lacking intensity.

Blackbuck Antelope food and eating habits

Grazers that feed primarily on grass in open prairies.  Also consume leaves, herbs and shrubs.

Blackbuck Antelope average life span

Usually 10 to 12 and up to 15 years.  The oldest blackbuck on record was 18 years of age.