Common Reedbuck

( southern reedbuck, rietbok )

common reedbuck

General Information

The common reedbuck, Redunca arundinum gets its scientific name from two latin words meaning “backwards curved reed horns”.

Fun Facts!


It has distinctive dark lines running down the front of each of its forelegs and lower hindlegs and whitish rings around the eyes

Ecology and Behaviour

The common reedbuck is a gregarious animal moving in family groups of three to five. Their main predators include lions, leopards, cheetahs, spotted hyenas, wild dogs, pythons, and crocodiles. They can camouflage themselves in the grasslands due to their coats, which are almost the same color. If startled or attacked, they stand still, then either hide or flee with an odd rocking-horse movement, and cautiously look back to ensure the danger is gone, generally. They use vocalizations like a shrill whistle through their nostrils and a clicking noise to alert others about danger. They are herbivores that feed on grasses. It also eats herbs and reeds. It never enters into water, though it inhabits places with water sources. It needs to drink water every few days to several times a day during the dry season.


It is listed as “Least Concern” on the IUCN Red list.

Distribution and Habitat

In Zambia it is very common in the Kafue National park than any other park. It can also be found in It Angola, Botswana, the Republic of the Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Eswatini, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. They are found in dambos and other open grassy areas.

Interaction with humans

It is reportedly one of the easiest antelopes to approach and kill and because of this most of them are kept within protected areas

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