HIMALAYAN TAHR/Behaviour, Distribution, Habitat, Size, Weight, IUCN stetus

HIMALAYAN TAHR


DESCRIPTION: The Himalayan Tahr male is a  copperbrown coloured mountain goat, younges are light brown. It have tangled mane over its neck and chest, and a mantle that covers the flanks. The rump, the abdomen and the back of the lower legs are rusty. The horns on both sexes are closeset and short. They both curve backwards, but female horns are marginally shorter and do not curve as much downwards as male ones do. The skull shape is such that the foramen magnum is set beneath the horn bases, much like the Argalis and Bharal despite the horns being small and the Tahr rarely headbutting like the sheep. Yearling males resemble adult females but are smaller and have the beginnings of a ruff. Class I males achieve adult female size, but their colour is still pale, the mantle on the back is not developed and the horns are smooth, not wrinkled. ClassII males have a decent ruff, a short mantle, a deeper brown colour and the horns have turned from yellow to brown. Class III males develop the full ruff and mantle, have black faces, and the horns are fully developed.
BEHAVIOUR: Adult males segregate into all-male herds in spring and rejoin females in the autumn.
DISTRIBUTION: Fragmented distribution in western and central Himalayas from Jammu & Kashmir  to Sikkim.
HABITAT: Temperate and subalpine forested precipitous terrain with grass cover and slopes with oak and bamboo forests. In the Greater Himalayas, found on southern forested slopes.

Size: 90–170 cm

Wt: 60–124 kg 

IUCN Status: Near Threatened

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