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.
Southern Nepal and northern India.
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.
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.
Classified as Vulnerable (VU) on the IUCN Red List (2017) Listed on Appendix I of CITES.
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.
180 cm Shoulder height: 119 - 124 cm Weight170 - 289 kg
Update : 06 April 2017