AbbottaÂs duiker is most common between elevations of 1
but may occur up to 4
000 metres above sea level (2). As well as mature forest
AbbottaÂs duiker can be found in disturbed and secondary forest
and occasionally grasslands (1).More >>Species found in a similar habitatPink-headed warbler(Ergaticus versicolor)Mesilau stream toad(Ansonia guibei)Rana arboricula de bromelia(Bromeliohyla bromeliacia)
Head-body length: 97 aÂ 140 cm (2)Tail length: 8 aÂ 13 cm (2)
Weight50 aÂ 60 kg (2)
AbbottaÂs duiker biology, The secretive behaviour of AbbottaÂs duiker, along with its largely nocturnal habits and preference for dense vegetation, has meant that little is known about the ecology and behaviour of this species (1). It has been observed feeding on leaves in the forest understorey, and on vegetation in forest clearings (1), and may feed on fruits, flowers and moss (2) (5). An AbbottaÂs duiker has also been seen with a frog in its mouth; duikers are known to occasionally capture and feed on live prey (3). The cryptic habits and alertness of AbbottaÂs duiker unfortunately does not protect it entirely from predation. Young AbbottaÂs duikers are probably preyed on by African crowned eagles (Stephanoetus coronatus) and pythons (Python species), while duikers of all ages may fall victim to leopards (Panthera pardus) (1). Lions (Panthera leo) and spotted hyenas (Crocuta crocuta) may also hunt this duiker species in some areas (1).
Classified as Endangered (EN) on the IUCN Red List 2006 (1).