Yellow- backed Duiker

Cephalophus silvicultor

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The yellow-backed duiker is the largest of the duiker species. It has a patch of yellow hair on its rump that will stand erect if an individual is threatened by predators. This is thought to be a visual signal to other duikers in the area or even a way of fooling a predator long enough to make an escape. They have a habit of diving into thick brush when scared. Duiker is the Afrikanns (South African language) word for “diver”.
Little is known about the behavior of the yellow backed duiker. It is thought to be a solitary animal that is active both day and night.


Fruits, leaves, shoots, seeds, bark and buds, occasionally carrion

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