Monday, 10 September 2007

Northern Chamois (Rupicapra rupicapra)

Northern Chamois (subspecies R. r. rupicapra) in the Dolomites, Italy - July 2004

OTHER NAMES: Chamois, Alpine Chamois
Local Name (Italy): Camoscio Alpino ("Alpine Chamois")
Featured Subspecies: Rupicapra rupicapra rupicapra
Weight: 25-45kg
NO UK STATUS IUCN Red List: Least Concern

The Chamois is a Goat-Antelope species of the mountains of Europe and parts of Europe bordering Asia - they are a herd species found in the higher reaches of mountains.  They summer in Alpine Meadows before descending into the treeline in Winter to feed.  They are found in mountainous regions throughout Southern Europe though by far the biggest block of this range is the Alps and surrounding ranges like the Dolomites.

Related Species:
Order: Artiodactyla
Family: Bovidae
Genus: Capra
SUBSPECIES: R. r. rupicapra, R.r. tatrica, R.r. balcanica, R. r. carpatica, R. r. cartusiana, R. r. asiatica, R. r. caucasica

 - Sighting Locations -
ITALY - A fairly common resident of the high mountains.
 - DOLOMITES 2001 TRIP: Seen at several points in the Dolomites

Further Notes: RSPB, Wikipedia, BirdGuides, BirdForum Opus, Arkive, IUCN Red List

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