The Tufted deer

Published on 7 December 2019 at 18:40


The Tufted deer is a unique animal. It is a small type of deer with a characteristic tuft of black hair on its forehead. You wouldn't say it's a deer when you look at the picture of this animal. Today I will dive with you into the details of this animal.


The tufted deer is similar to a muntjac in appearance. Only it has a longer neck and legs which makes it the difference between the deer and the muntjac. The muntjac also looks quite special, but that's something I'm talking about in the article ''The Muntjac''.


The tufted deer has short stiff hairs all over his body that are usually black but turn into a chocolate brown color during the summer. Small Parts of the ears, tail and lips are white. On the forehead and high up in the neck are horseshoe-shaped hairs and can be about 17 cm (6.7 inches) long. But the most striking characteristic feature is the fang-like canines the males have. These can be 2.6 cm (1.0 inch) long.


Although it is called 'deer', it is smaller than a normal deer. They are between 50 and 70 cm (20-28 inches) high and can weigh between 17 and 20 kg (37 -66 lb). They have a short tail that can be 10 cm (3.9 inches) long, how cute. The males have a very small antler that is hidden by the long tuft of hair.


Fun fact

When a tufted deer is disturbed by humans or when he is alarmed it will give a loud bark and then run away in cat-like jumps. Imagine seeing a deer with swine-like teeth and tufted black hairs do that.



The tuft deer is mainly found in China. They live in high areas, damp woods and close to the tree line. They live at an altitude of about 500 to 4500 meters (1600-14800 ft.) above sea level. The animals are found in evergreen and deciduous forests where they can easily get to freshwater.


Picture by: Heush. This picture is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

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