Nilgai or Blue Bull - male (Boselaphus tragocamelus)
Bharatpur National Park or Keoladeo Ghana Sanctuary. Rajasthan. INDIA
RANGE & HABITAT: Forest, scub and near cultivation in India from the Himalayan foothills to Karnataka in the south. SW Nepal and Pakistan.
These antelope are large with a shoulder height of 120-150cm. The males are metallic blue-grey and the females and young are tawny. They are shy animals active day or night. The males are solitary or form all male herds. Females and young form herds of 4 - 10 animals. They feed on grass, fruit, flowers, leaves and crops. They are abundant and the Hindus regard the Nilgai as sacred, as it is considered to be related to domestic cattle.