Monday, 30 April 2007

Fallow Deer (Dama dama)

Three subadult Fallow Deer (subspecies D. d. dama) at Geddington, Norhants - October 2010

OTHER NAMES: Persian Fallow Deer
Featured Subspecies: Dama dama dama
Weight: 30-100kg
NO UK STATUS IUCN Red List: Least Concern

The fallow deer is the second largest deer in the UK. It was originally introduced to the UK by either the Romans or Normans (it is apparently unclear which). It is a woodland species which is often found in herds. The males have large and spectacular antlers, along with a distinctive which flecked back which differentiates it from other deer. The animals in the photo are not fully grown.

Related Species:
Family: Cervidae 
Genus: Dama 
SUBSPECIES: D. d. dama, D. d. mesopotamica

- Sighting Locations -
UNITED KINGDOM - A locally abundant resident
 - Seen most frequently around Geddington

Further Notes: RSPB, Wikipedia, BirdGuides, BirdForum Opus, ArkiveIUCN Red List

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