Learn about the Wild: Indian Jackal

Till now, I have tried my best to share my experiences and knowledge about wildlife and photography, keep people engaged as well as promote conservation through my page.

Now I would like to introduce a new category of posts which would give a brief description about different species of birds and animals that I photograph. These posts will be periodical and serve as an information base for all my followers.

Hope you like this concept
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LEARN ABOUT THE WILD: ‘The Indian Jackal’

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The Indian Jackal (Canis aureus indicus), belongs to the dog family and plays a very important role in the maintenance of the Eco-system as a scavenger. Jackals can best be described as opportunistic omnivores. They cooperatively hunt small or young deer such as Chital (Spotted deer) or, Barking deer. They also eat snakes and other reptiles, insects, ground-dwelling birds, fruits, berries and grass.

Jackals live singly or in pairs, and are sometimes found in small packs. They are among the few mammalian species in which the male and female mate for life. Mated pairs are territorial, and both the female and male mark and defend the boundaries of their territory.

A pair of jackals will move through their territory at a fast trot, stopping frequently to examine something, sniff the air or listen-ready for any opportunity that might provide a meal.

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Habitat: India, Pakistan, Nepal, Butan, Bangladesh and Myanmar

Average Lifespan: 10-12 years in the wild

Height: (34-36cm or 14-18 inches and Length (90-100cm or 35-40 inches).

Weight: 8 to 10 kg or 17.62 to 22.03 pounds

IUCN Red List: Least Concerned

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