Gaur (Bos gaurus) and Banteng (Bos javanicus)



Posted on 01 September 2005  | 
Gaur Bos gaurus
This peculiar hump-backed bovid roams the forests and grasslands of Southeast Asia.

A vegetarian with a huge body weight supported by incredibly slim white legs, this large dark-coloured mammal is distinct from the banteng in that it has no white rump patch.

Banteng Bos Javanicus

 
Looking suspiciously like domestic cattle, both in colour and build, the handsome banteng used to be widespread throughout Southeast Asia.

These wild cattle are very shy and retiring, and due to their wariness they are hard to approach.

The dorsal ridge seen in gaur is less pronounced in banteng with only the older bulls having a marked ridge.

Banteng have white bands and patches on their bodies, including white stockings, and a distinct white rump.

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