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Blackbuck (Antilope cervicapra):

Blackbuck (Antilope cervicapra) is a species of antelope native to the Indian subcontinent. Photos captured at Bannargatta National park.

This species is the only living species of the genus Antilope, and has been introduced in Texas and Argentina. It is one of the fastest of all terrestrial animals reaching to speeds of up to 80 km/h and is one of the few antelopes where males and females have distinctive coloration, as the male bucks are a distinctive black and white and have long twisted horns, while females are fawn coloured with no horns. In its scientific name Antilope cervicapra, ‘Antilope’ from ‘anthalops’ (Greek) a horned animal; ‘cervicapra’ from ‘cervus’ (Latin) a deer and ‘capra’ (Latin) a she-goat.

Blackbuck male

Blackbuck male (Juvenile)

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Blackbuck male (Adult)

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Blackbuck Female (Juvenile)

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Blackbuck Female (Adult)

Tiny Wonder – Hamster:

Scientific name: Mesocricetus auratus

Hamster close up, photographed at a farm house in Mysore.

Hamsters are rodents belonging to the subfamily Cricetinae. Hamsters are nocturnal, sleeping during the hot days and playing in the cooler evenings. They have very poor eyesight, colorblind and can see only up to 6 Inches in front of them but have a keen sense of smell and excellent hearing. Most species of hamsters have expandable cheek pouches in which they can carry food and bedding back to their burrow where they will store food.

Hamster

With potential life span of 2-3 years adult body weighs 100-150 grams (adult females are slightly larger than adult males) and Hamsters react to their names; can dig up to 3 Meters in the wild and remembers their relatives. Only a few hamster species are widely kept as pets but the hamster is the most popular of the smaller rodents kept as a pet in many countries today. So sad they are widely being used in test & research laboratories Worldwide!

Indian Pigeon Bird:

Rock Pigeon (Columba livia) Columbiform, also called Rock Dove, is a widespread and very common resident in India.

Tree top Rock Pigeon; though snapped in remote no man’s land but looks like an escaped domestic Pigeon as seen from the wire tags around both the legs 😉 (Second Image).

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Rock Pigeon2

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