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Takin Budorcas taxicolor

There is only one species of takin (Budorcas taxicolor). It belongs to the subfamily Caprinae. There are three subspecies of takin: the Shensi takin (Budorcas taxicolor bedfordi), also known as the golden takin, ranges in China's Qin Ling mountains located in the provinces of Shaanxi and Gansu.

The Mishmi takin (Budorcas taxicolor taxicolor) is distributed from Bhutan, Assam, northern Myanmar to the Chinese province of northern Yunnan.

About Takin
Name Takin Budorcas taxicolor in Bhutan
Habitat This species is found in elevations from 1000 to 4250 meters. The habitat ranges from rocky, grass covered alpine zones to forested valleys and the animal is distributed from Bhutan, Assam, northern Myanmar to the Chinese province of northern Yunnan.
Diet The takin is a generalist herbivore, mostly a browser. It feeds in the early morning or late afternoon and eats primarily deciduous leaves found on trees or shrubs, but also grasses and herbs. During the winter, the food of choice is twigs or evergreen leaves. The takin's head is large with an arched muzzle and a broad, naked nose. The horns appear in both sexes.
Physical
Appearance
The body length of an adult male is between 210 and 220 cm, and a female is about 170 cm. The tail reaches about 15 cm, and is usually hidden under the thick, long, shaggy fur. The coat is whitish yellow to golden yellow to reddish brown, and has a dark stripe down the back.
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Behavior
This species lives in large herds of up to 300 individuals in the upper elevations during the summer, and up to 20 members in the smaller bands that form during winter months. The takin is a very slow moving animal. It spends most of the day in thick vegetation. There are seasonal migrations from upper elevations in the summer to lower areas in the winter.

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