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Fallow Deer Dama dama Shoulder height 80-100cm Medium-sized deer. Mainly nocturnal. Lives in separate sex herds for much of year. Adult is reddish brown with whitish spots in summer. Usually dark grey-brown in winter but some are black or creamy white. All have whitish rump with dark margin and blackish tail with white margin. Male (buck) grows broad, palmate antlers in spring and early summer; shed by late winter. Antler size and complexity increases with age. Female (doe) does not antlers. Fawn is reddish brown with whitish spots. Female has barking alarm call; male utters belching groan in autumn rut. Introduced. Now widespread but local in woodland, farmland and scrub.
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