Blackbuck Antelope (Antilope cervicapra) - Standing just two-and-a-half feet tall, this species of Indian antelope gets its name from the dark color of the mature male (which is known as a buck).
Females and immature males are lighter in color. The male's straight, ringed horns twist 3 or 4 times and are about 2 feet long. If danger approaches, Blackbucks will spring up into the air -- a behavior called pronking -- to alert the rest of the herd.
Blackbucks are gregarious and social animals with herds generally ranging from 5 to 50 animals. The herds are harems, with a single adult male and a number of adult females and their young. Blackbuck Antelope are among the fastest animals on earth and can out run almost any other animal over long distances. They can run almost 50 miles per hour when necessary.
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