Male fallow called bucks, females does and the young fawns.

Fallow bucks weigh between 46 to 93kg. Fully grown females (does) are 0.73 to 0.91m at the shoulder and weigh between 35 to 56kg. By comparison, an average adult man in Britain is 1.77m high and weighs 79kg.

Fallow deer have four main variations of coat:

  • Common – tan/fawn, with white spotting on flanks and white rump patch outlined with black horseshoe shaped border. Coat fades to a general grey colour during the winter
  • Menil – paler colouration with white spots year-round and a caramel horseshoe shape on rump
  • Melanistic – black, almost entirely black or chocolate coloured
  • White – white to pale sandy-coloured turning increasingly white with age (this is a true colour and not albino).

Fallow deer often have a distinctive black inverted horseshoe shape on their rumps, and a black stripe on their tails which are the longest of all British deer.

The fallow deer is the only species in Britain with palmate antlers. These become full-sized after the deer are three/four years old and can reach up to 0.7m in length. Facially, their head is more elongated than some species with large angular ears.

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Acknowledgements: Extract taken from the British Deer Society

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