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


DESCRIPTION: The Black Musk Deer can be distinguished from all other musk deer in being a uniform dark brown or blackish brown animal with no throat stripeslightly paler around neck, with occasionally two incomplete yellow collars on the chest, and dark legs and underparts. The fur is overall blackish brown, marked with faint yellow spots and the rump has some ochre yellow in it as well, but the buttocks are dark black. The face is very short as compared to other musk deer and the eye ring is indistinct. The ears are equally dark outside with a paler grey inside. The individual hairs are longer than other musk deer and solid black with a very small white base. The young are known to be agouti-banded. The hooves are more elongated than other species.


DISTRIBUTION: North–eastern Himalayas; Sikkim eastwards through Arunachal Pradesh.

HABITAT: Takes over from the Himalayan Musk Deer in north–eastern India in being a resident of rhododendron and oak and coniferous forests,extending to the edge of the alpine area.

Size: 73–80 cm,

Wt: 10–15 kg

IUCN Status: Endangered


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