Barasingha (Rucervus duvaucelii)

Interesting :

These medium-sized deer have particularly large antlers on the males which may grow up to one meter in length. They have a concentration of six to eight points near to the tips. Barasingha have a predominantly brown coat with yellowish undersides; males (stags) develop a reddish tinge in summer and juveniles (fawns) are mottled with white.

Habitat :

Southern Nepal and northern India.

Food :

These deer graze mainly on grasses although the wetland barasingha feeds commonly on aquatic plants, which it may obtain by completely submerging its head in the water.

Behavior :

Primarily found in the tall grasslands and reed beds of large river floodplains, the barasingha is also associated with wooded areas, from dry deciduous forest to mangroves.

Current Status :

Classified as Vulnerable (VU) on the IUCN Red List (2017) Listed on Appendix I of CITES.

Reproductive :

During the breeding season in September to April, barasingha are found in large mixed herds within which the males fiercely compete for harems of around 30 females; a loud ‘roaring’ call is often heard during this time, as well as a ‘hee-haw’ roar; . Females come into oestrus once a year - they give birth to their usually single young between August and September. Fawns become independent at around 6-8 months of age and the life span of the barasingha is thought not to exceed 20 years.

Size and weight :

180 cm Shoulder height: 119 - 124 cm Weight170 - 289 kg

Point of view :

Update : 06 April 2017