ALPINE MUSK DEER/Behaviour, Distribution, Habitat, Size, Weight, IUCN stetus

ALPINE MUSK DEER

DESCRIPTION: A very large, reddish grey musk deer, the Alpine can be distinguished from the Himalayan Musk Deer in having white stockinged legs, and a broad ill-defined creamy throat and chest extending to a reddish cream underside. The rump is paler than the back, but the buttock is darker. It has a long grey face and the eyes have a pale eye ring, faintly orangish in colour. The ears are brown, with a yellowish tip and grey inside. Individual hairs of the back are long and brown with a red–yellow subterminal band.

BEHAVIOUR: Unknown.

DISTRIBUTION: Alpine zones across the Central and Eastern Himalayas,
mainly in the states of Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim, and west to Uttarakhand.

HABITAT: Alpine scrub and meadows and the ‘dwarf bush zone’ of the trans-
Himalayas.

Size: 50–90 cm,

Weight: 11–18 kg

IUCN Status: Endangered

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