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Deer Sika Deer

Male Sika Deer - Photo  Copyright 2005 Steve Lobley
Photo: Steve Lobley

UK Safari Tip:
Get help identifying deer and other British land mammals with this fully illustrated ID chart - click here

Latin name: Cervus nippon

Size: Approximately 85cms at the shoulder.

Distribution: Found in many parts of the UK. The ones on this page were photographed in the New Forest, Hampshire.

Months seen: All year round

Food: Grass and low growing vegetation.

Habitat: Woodlands, parks and farmland.

Special features: Sika deer in the wild are all descended from animals which have escaped from deer parks. They are native to east Asia.

Sika deer have a pale line of hair running from ear to ear, over the tops of the eyes. The tail is white with a thin black line down the centre.

Click for a better viewIn the summer the coat is a bright chestnut red-brown, with some white spots. In winter the coat turns a grey-brown colour.

The male has narrow, sparsely pointed antlers which are used during the rutting season to fight with other males.

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Sika Deer in the New Forest
UK Safari Deer Section
UK Safari Mammal Section

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