Muntjac Deer

Muntiacus reevesi

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About

The small Muntjac Deer was first introduced from China to Woburn in Bedfordshire at the start of the 20th century. It is now a common animal across south-east England and is spreading. The male has short, unbranched antlers and a pair of long canine teeth. Muntjac live in woodland, parkland and even venture into gardens. Muntjac are also known as 'barking deer' because of their dog-like calls, most often heard in the autumn.

How to identify

A very small, stocky deer, about the same size as a medium-sized dog. A uniform brown with a pale underside and small, single-pointed antlers.

Where to find it

Common and increasing in southern England, spreading northwards.

Habitats

When to find it

  • January
  • February
  • March
  • April
  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October
  • November
  • December

How can people help

Although diminutive for a deer, the non-native Muntjac is a problem for our woodlands. Muntjac have a habit of eating young shoots and leaves from newly-coppiced or growing trees, stripping them bare until they die. With much of our ancient and semi-natural woodland gone or under threat, this behaviour is detrimental to woodland wildlife, from butterflies to bats. The Wildlife Trusts are working hard to restore our native woodlands; why not join us and have a go at volunteering? You'll make new friends, learn new skills and help wildlife along the way.

Species information

Common name
Muntjac Deer
Latin name
Muntiacus reevesi
Category
Mammals
Statistics
Length: 1.1m Height: 40cm at the shoulder Weight: 12-15kg Average lifespan: up to 20 years
Conservation status
Invasive, non-native species.