Fallow Deer in the winter coat

Fallow Deer

The Fallow Deer is a ruminant mammal belonging to the family Cervidae.The male is a buck, the female is a doe, and the young a fawn. Bucks are 140-160 cm long and 90-100 cm shoulder height, and 60-85 kg in weight; does are 130-150 cm long and 75-85 cm shoulder height, and 30-50 kg in weight. Fawns are born in spring at about 30 cm and weigh around 4.5 kg. All of the Fallow Deer have white spots on their backs, and black tips at the ends of their tails.The species has great variations in the colour of their coats, with four main variants, "common", "menil", "melanistic" and "white" - a genuine colour variety, not albinistic. The common coat variation has a brown coat with white mottles that are most pronounced in summer with a much darker coat in the winter. Only bucks have antlers, these are broad and shovel-shaped.

They are grazing animals; their preferred habitat is mixed woodland and open grassland. During the rut bucks will spread out and females move between them, at this time of year Fallow Deer are relatively ungrouped compared to the rest of the year when they try to stay together in groups of up to 150.

Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fallow_Deer - 05.05.2010

Fallow Deer

The size of the Fallow Deer is between Doe and Red Deer.

With the Fallow Deer the colour of the coat is remarkably different in the seasons. In winter it reaches from white on the abdomen over ashen and brown-grey to nearly black. The summer coat is below fairer, too, but otherwise fawn-brown to reddish with remarkably white blots on back and sides.

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