oa Madoqua - Aggressive behaviour of oryx antelope at water-holes in the Etosha National Park

Volume 1980 Number 4
  • ISSN : 1011-5498



In June and July 1978, 584 agonistic encounters of Oryx gazella were recorded in Etosha National Park. Generally, the fighting techniques and the displays were the same as in Oryx beisa (Walther 1958, 1978a); however, a particular display, the ""symbolic stab over the shoulder"", seemed to be unique in Oryx gazella. AIl the lights were horn-to-horn contacts. Body attacks were rare. Among adult bulls, one-sided displays decided many of the encounters.

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