Kirk’s dik-dik

A frightened female whistles repeating the dik-dik sound, giving rise to the name dik-dik

Yathin S Krishnappa

The large black mesmerizing eyes, elongated snout, and large ears make this species look adorable. The long nose is an adaptation for cooling, which allows normal breathing and mitigates the water requirement in harsh climatic conditions. This shy species uses its size and color to camouflage in bushes.

Interestingly yet oddly, families conduct a ‘defecation ceremony’ to mark territories. During this ceremony, females defecate at the spot first, followed by the male scraping this feces with forelegs and defecating at the same place marking the territory. Also, this species (especially females) prefers peace over the fight, hence swiftly runs away or hides from the site of danger.

Distribution

Country
Population est.
Status
Year
Comments
Angola
2016
Kenya
2016
Namibia
2016
Somalia
2016
Tanzania
2016
Uganda
2016

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Terrestrial / Aquatic

Altricial / Precocial

Polygamous / Monogamous

Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic

Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal

Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd

Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore

Migratory: Yes / No

Domesticated: Yes / No

Dangerous: Yes / No