Wednesday, 9 May 2007

Red Deer (Cervus elaphus)

Herd of Red Deer (subspecies C. e. scoticus) at Haweswater, Cumbria - April 2011

Featured Subspecies: Cervus elaphus scoticus
Weight: 160-240kg
Length: 201cm 
NO UK STATUS IUCN Red List: Least Concern

The Red Deer holds many size related records in the UK - it is the biggest extant land animal in the UK and the fourth largest deer in the world. They are one of only two native deer to the UK (along with the Roe, all others have been introduced) and are probably about the easiest to see if you are in the right place - they favour open country a lot more than the rest of the species which prefer woodland. Particularly common in the North of the country in mountainous and hilly country where it is often managed for shooting estates.

Related Species:
Order: Artiodactyla 

Family: Cervidae 
Genus: Cervus 
SUBSPECIES: C. e. elaphus, C. e. alashanicus, C. e. atlanticus, C. e. barbarus, C. e. brauneri, C. e. canadensis, C. e. corsicanus, C. e. hanglu, C. e. hispanicus, C. e. kansuensis, C. e. macnelli, C. e. maral, C.e. nannodes, C. e. pannoniensis, C. e. scoticus, C. e. songaricus, C. e. wallichii, C. e. xanthopygus, C. e. yarkandensis

- Sighting Locations -
UNITED KINGDOM - A locally abundant resident
 - Seen around Haweswater

Further Notes: RSPB, Wikipedia, BirdGuides, BirdForum Opus, Arkive, IUCN Red List

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