Nilgai (Boselaphus tragocamelus)


Nilgai prefer areas with short bushes and scattered trees in scrub forests and grassy plains. They are common in agricultural lands, but hardly occur in dense forest. It stands 1–1.5 metres at the shoulder; the head-and-body length is typically between 1.7–2.1 metres. Herbivores, the Nilgai prefer grasses and herbs; woody plants are commonly eaten in the dry tropical forests of India. The nilgai can survive for long periods without water and do not drink regularly even in summer.