This mammal looks like a cow, deer, goat, and camel. Come on, let’s get to know this fauna called nilgai.
The name nilgai comes from the Hindi language, which means blue cow. This name is given because the body of the male nilgai is bluish-gray. The blue color is more visible when the morning is foggy. That’s when nilgai looks for food. Nilgai forages in the morning until noon.
Nilgai is herbivores that eat grass and various plants. They live in the grasslands of India, Pakistan, Nepal, and Bangladesh. The Nilgai is often seen in the meadows at the foot of the Himalayas.
Big Bodied Antelope
Nilgai has a large body as big as a cow. However, Nilgai is actually a type of large antelope. The Nilgai is the largest antelope in the world. The fauna with the scientific name Boselaphus tragocamelus has a sloping back. There was short hair along the back of his neck. Another characteristic of the nilgai, the neck and the inside of the legs are white. The male Nilgai has horns and a goat-like beard, its height can reach 150 cm. Female Nilgai is smaller in size and light brown in color. Usually, they live in groups of about 10 to 20 individuals.
Similar to Various Other Mammals
The scientific name Boselaphus tragocamelus was given by Peter Simon Pallas, a zoologist from Germany, in 1766. This name was given because the nilgai is similar to various other mammals.
Boselaphus tragocamelus comes from the Latin word bos, which means cow. Elaphos in Greek means deer. Tragos is a Greek word that means male goat. Kamelos is a Greek word that means camel.