Blackbucks are stocky gazelles from India, Pakistan and Nepal. Males are a distinctive black and white and have long twisted horns, while females are fawn coloured with no horns. In the rutting season the males mark their territories with scent glands in front of the eyes as well as dung and urine, and posture to each other and to the watching females. The species has been introduced to Texas and Argentina.
Scientific name: Antilope cervicapra
Species range provided by WWF's Wildfinder.
The following habitats are found across the Blackbuck distribution range. Find out more about these environments, what it takes to live there and what else inhabits them.
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Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web
Population trend: Stable
Year assessed: 2008
Classified by: IUCN 3.1
The blackbuck (Antilope cervicapra) is an ungulate species of antelope native to the Indian Subcontinent that has been classified as near threatened by IUCN since 2003, as its range has decreased sharply during the 20th century. The native population is stable, with an estimated 50,000 individuals.
The blackbuck is the only living species of the genus Antilope. Its generic name stems from the Latin word antalopus, a horned animal. The specific name cervicapra is composed of the Latin words capra, she-goat and cervus, deer.
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