The markhor, also known as the screw horn goat, is a large species of wild goat that is found in northern and central Pakistan.


Markhor are sexually dimorphic, with males having longer hairon the chin, throat, chest and shanks. Females are redder incolour, with shorter hair, a short black beard, and are maneless. Both sexes have tightly curled, corkscrew-like horns, which close together at the head, but spread upwards toward the tips.


Markhor are adapted to mountainous terrain and can be found between 600 and 3,600 meters in elevation. They typically inhabit scrub forests made up primarily of oaks (Quercus ilex), pines (Pinus gerardiana), and junipers (Juniperus macropoda).


The markhors diet consists of tussocks of grass, leaves and other vegetation.

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