COMMON REEDBUCK (Redunca arundinum)

Minimum measurement:
Rowland Ward: 14“ (35.56 cm)
SCI: 21 points

Track:
2½“ (64 mm) x 1 5/8“ (41 mm)

Average mass:
175 lb (70 kg)

Average shoulder height:
36” (91.44 cm)

Record:
18 3/8” (46.68 cm)
17¼ points

Suggested calibers:
.270, any 7 mm or .30cal.
Bow:
50 lb Compound with fixed broad head.

Distribution

Angola, the Republic of Southern Africa, Gabon, Congo, Mozambique, Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Identification

Medium-sized antelope with yellowish grey-brown colour and sometimes black spots below the ears. The front of the forelegs is dark brown.

Differences between male and female:

Differences between male and female. The male is larger and has horns.

Habitat

Always in or near vleis or reed-beds with open water, also flood plains and other grass plains (with tall grass) along rivers or marshes with perennial water. Avoid thickets and woodland. Dependent on water and reeds for shelter.

Habits

Usually live in pairs, occupying a territory. Although larger groups are found, it is not gregarious. A territorial male defends his area with threatening displays. He defecates and urinates in front of his challenger, standing on stiff legs with the head held up high. Younger male shows his submission to territorial male by bowing his head. If grazing is in a good condition, it becomes nocturnal and during the dry season more diurnal.

Food

Mainly grass. Drinks water regularly, even more than once a day on warm days.

Vocalization

A high-pitched whistle through the nostrils as an alarm call.

Breeding

A single young is born at any time throughout the year, after a gestation period of about 7 – 8 months.

Age

The lifespan of the Common reedbuck is approximately 9 years.