Common Duiker Male Skull


The Common Duiker (Sylvicapra grimmia), also known as the Gray Duiker or Bush Duiker, is a small antelope and the only member of the genus Sylvicapra. This species is found everywhere in Africa south of the Sahara.


Common Duiker Male Skull Replica measures 6.6 inches. Common Duiker Male Skull is museum quality polyurethane resin cast. Made in USA. Our precise skull can be used as a teaching tool, museum skull exhibit, home décor skull, or office décor skull. Horns measure 5.1 inches.

The Common duiker or Sylvicapra grimmia, also known as the grey or bush duiker, is a small antelope found everywhere in Africa south of the Sahara, excluding the Horn of Africa and the rainforests of the central and western parts of the continent.

Generally, they are found in habitats with sufficient vegetation cover to allow them to hide in the savanna and hilly areas, including the fringes of human settlements.

Coloration of the Common duiker or Sylvicapra grimmia varies widely over its vast geographic range. There are 14 subspecies described, ranging from chestnut in forested areas of Angola to grizzled gray in northern savannas and light brown shades in arid regions.

It grows to about 20 in. in height and generally weighs 26 to 55 lb.; although females are generally larger and heavier than the males. Only the male has horns and these can grow to 4.3 ins. long.

Common duiker or Sylvicapra grimmia breeding is year round and the female gives birth to one fawn after a gestation period of 6 to 7.5 months.

The common duiker has a wide diet; beyond herbivorous browsing for leaves, flowers, fruits and tubers, they will also eat insects, frogs, small birds and mammals, and even carrion.

In the rainy season, they will frequently not drink water at all, instead obtaining fluids from fruits. Sylvicapra grimmia will often scavenge for these fruits below trees in which monkeys are feeding. They are active both day and night, but become more nocturnal near human settlements.

Common duiker or Sylvicapra grimmia males are territorial and smear gland secretions on rocks and branches to mark their territories; their preferred resting places are generally on elevated ground, where they can observe their territory.

Females, by contrast, prefer deeper cover. The overall success of this species stems from its ability to inhabit a wide variety of habitats, as well as from its adaptable, generalist diet.

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Additional information

Weight 4.3 lbs
Dimensions 6.6 in
Common Duiker Facts

Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Artiodactyla
Family: Bovidae
Subfamily: Cephalophinae
Genus: Sylvicapra
Ogilby, 1837
Species: S. grimmia
Binomial name: Sylvicapra grimmia
Conservation status: Least concern