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Nilgai

Introduction
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The Indian Nilgai or Blue Bull or Blue Buck is the biggest

Asian antelope with the scientific name Boselaphus tragocamelus falling under the Family Bovidae. It is the most commonly seen animal in Central and Northern India and Pakistan. It looks more or less as an ox with the below classification,

Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Mammalia
Order Artiodactyla
Family Bovidae
Subfamily Bovinae
Genus Boselaphus

Physical Structure

This antelope is covered with the yellow-brown or orangish colored skin for female and blue-gray or brownish-gray in males. Both have thin and medium length legs. They have a long and narrow head with two small and smooth horns both making a U shape. They have white spots on the cheeks, edges of the lips and the ventral side of the body. They have long and heavy hair on the back part of neck and on the mid of the throat.

They have a small tail which moves to and fro when the bull is excited. The strong shoulders and thick neck helps them to intensify on sloping profile. Nilgai is 4-5 feet (120-150 cm) tall and 6-6.6 feet (180-200 cm) long.


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