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Red Forest Duiker
Red Forest duicker
Common Name Natal duiker or Natal red duiker
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Mammalia
Order Artiodactyla
Family Bovidae
Genus Cephalophus
Species C. natalensis
Conservation Status
Least Concern

The red forest duiker (Cephalophus natalensis) is a small antelope found in central to southern Africa. It is found in forests and shrublands in Malawi, Mozambique, and southern Tanzania.

Red forest duikers are roughly 40 cm (16 in) tall at the shoulder and weigh 15 kg (33 lb) on average. They have chestnut coats, with dark patches on their faces and backs of their necks. They eat fallen fruit, foliage, and insects. They are territorial, with mated pairs defending territory. Usually, a single fawn is produced each year, with gestation estimated between 4 and 7.5 months.

Red forest duikers are on the IUCN red list of threatened species.