KASHMIR RED DEER/Behaviour, Distribution, Habitat, Size, Weight, IUCN stetus


DESCRIPTION: The Kashmir Red Deer or Hangul is a large, dingy brown animal with a small orange–white rump patch that is bordered by a broad black band, and a black tail. In the rump patch formation, it is closer to Asian deer than the European Red Deer. The tail is short and the rump patch excludes the tail. In winter, the coat is dark brown with the side flanks and limbs being lighter. The belly, lips, chin and inner ears are white. In summer, the coat lightens and may show spotting. The five-tined antlers are large, with the brow starting quite a distance above the bur, and the fourth and fifth tine forming a terminal transverse fork. The antlers also have a well-developed bez tine.

BEHAVIOUR: Stags migrate above the snow line in summer, and come down to join the hinds in October. Stags are known to roar during rutting.

DISTRIBUTION: Restricted to Dachigam NP, Gurez, Waragat–Naranag and Chandaji Nullah in Jammu & Kashmir.

HABITAT: Moist, broadleaved and coniferous forest, and meadows

Size: 180–205 cm

Wt: 110–240 kg

IUCN Status: Least Concern


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