A distinctive, high-shouldered antelope, with a long, broad muzzle and cow-like horns, the blue wildebeest (Connochaetes taurinus) is famous for forming vast migratory herds. The species gets its common name from the silvery-blue sheen to the coat, the base colour of which varies from greyish to brown. The forequarters bear vertical black stripes - the ‘brindled’ colouration that gives the species one of its alternative names - and the front of the face, the long tail, and the mane are also black. The long beard may be black or white, depending on the subspecies. Both the male and female have unridged horns, which curve downward laterally before pointing upward and inward, and in older animals may have a knobby base.
Blue Wildebeest Subspecies
- Common Blue Wildebeest (Connochaetes taurinis taurinus)
- Crookson's Wildebeest (Connochaetes taurinus ssp. cooksoni)
- Eastern White-Bearded Wildebeest (Connochaetes taurinis alajoubatas)
- Jefferson's Wildebeest (Connochaetes taurinis jeffersoni)
- Western White-Bearded Wildebeest (Connochaetes taurinis taurinus)