MARKHOR (" snake-eater "), the Pushtu name of a large Himalayan wild goat (Capra falconer?) , characterized by its spirally twisted horns, and long shaggy winter coat. From the Pir-Panjal range of Kashmir the markhor extends westwards into Baltistan, Astor, Hunza, Afghanistan and the trans-Indus ranges of the Punjab. The twist of the horns varies to a great extent locally, the spiral being most open and corkscrew-like in the typical Astor animal, and closest and most screw-like in the race (C. falconeri jerdoni) inhabiting the Suleiman and adjacent ranges.
Note - this article incorporates content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, (1910-1911)