- FamilyBovids (Bovidae)
- Weight♀ 400 – 600 kg, ♂ 400 – 900 kg
- HabitatSavannahs, grasslands, bushlands
Male and female common eland can easily be distinguished by the horns. Females have a slightly longer, thinner horn, while that of the males is thicker and features a tighter spiral. Males also have a more pronounced dewlap – a flap of skin hanging from the throat. The dewlap of each male is individually shaped, allowing you to differentiate them.
Common eland bulls tend to avoid fighting with each other. Instead, they attempt to intimidate their rivals. During the rut, the males will stare down their opponent or soak their forehead in muddy urine. Most disputes are usually settled in this way, without a fight.
With a shoulder height of up to 180 cm, the eland is the largest antelope species in the world.