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small, delicate, spiral-horned antelope, Tragelaphus scriptus, of tropical Africa. Bushbucks live in pairs in thick forest, browsing on leaves and shrubs by night and resting during the day.

Taxonomy Tragelaphus scriptus [Pallas, 1766]. Citation: Misc. Zool., p. 8. Type locality: Senegal. The taxonomic record (above) is taken from Wilson and Reeder (1993).
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Bushbuck are semi-solitary animals that occur either singly, in pairs, or in small groups consisting of one dominant mature ram, 2-3 adult ewes and 1-2 sub-adult youngsters. The dominant ram stays with a family group throughout the year.

The bushbuck's hunched-up gait makes it a slow and clumsy runner, but it is a good swimmer and can jump 6-foot-high fences.

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BUSHBUCK - Tragelaphus scriptus
The slightly-built bushbuck is responsible for many deaths each year throughout Africa due to its aggressive nature and deceiving size.
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Tragelaphus scriptus is a phenotypically variable pan-African complex, collectively known as bushbuck.

The Mountain Lodge is the only place we saw bushbuck on our trip. This was one of a handful of females treading nervously up to the watering hole, along with one large male. The bushbucks surprised and entertained us by barking like dogs.

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Bushbuck are the least social of the African antelopes. They are often seen singly, although sometimes small groups of females and their respective young are found.

In Kruger National Park (South Africa) feed on impala, bushbuck, water buck, giraffes, buffalo, young hippos, hyenas, wild dogs, porcupines, lions. (Grenard 1991)
Eat up to 20 percent of body mass in one meal.

Kudus are considered by many one of the most handsome of the tragelaphine antelopes, which are: bongo, eland, nyala, bushbuck and sitatunga.

Bongos have sturdy, spiraled horns that resemble those of their cousins: nyalas, sitatungas, bushbucks, kudus and elands.

Sitatunga (T. spekeii) - Nyala (T. angasii) - Bushbuck (T. scriptus) - Mountain Nyala (T. buxtoni) - Lesser Kudu (T. imberbis) - Greater Kudu (T. strepsiceros) - Bongo (T. eurycerus)
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Africa is the home of most antelopes, including the bushbuck ,waterbuck , lechwe, marshbuck , impala , or palla, kudu, nyala , springbuck , bongo .

Along with impala and chital, a preference for bushbuck and common duiker was found. Other prey selection factors include a preference for prey in small herds, in dense habitat, and those that afford the predator a low risk of injury.

Leopards are the most successful hunters of the cat family. Their prey include Impala, Bushbuck, Warthog and also the young of Wildbeest, Kudu and Waterbuck. Rodents, ground birds, monkeys, baboons, frogs and fish, also make part of their diet.

Although the usual food is fruits, leaves, flowers and roots, crevices in logs are searched for insects, birds nests are robbed of eggs and chicks and small mammals are eaten. Chimpanzees also hunt and eat larger animals such as young bushbucks, ...

See also: See also: Antelope, Eland, Kudu, Wildebeest, Nyala

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