Sika Deer

Cervus nippon (Temminck, 1838)

A medium sized species with a small head relative to their body size. Sika have a characteristically furrowed brow, giving them an almost angry expression. Adult males have rounded, pointed antlers. They have a gingery brown, spotted coat in summer that fades to grey brown in winter, with a white rump and a short tail.

Sika Deer

Identification

A medium sized species with a small head relative to their body size. Sika have a characteristically furrowed brow, giving them an almost angry expression. Adult males have rounded, pointed antlers. They have a gingery brown, spotted coat in summer that fades to grey brown in winter, with a white rump and a short tail.

FAMILY

Cervidae

LATIN NAME

Cervus nippon

Native to South Eastern China, Korea and Japan, Sika were introduced to the UK in 1860 and have quickly spread all over the country. They are particularly abundant in Dorset and the New Forest.

Woodland

Grass, heather and sedge, and will browse coniferous and deciduous shrubs.

They can be seen all year round.

MONTHS - SEASONALITY
Jan
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LENGTH (CM)

110 - 160

Shoulder Height (CM)

50 - 95

WEIGHT (KG)

31 - 63

AVERAGE LIFESPAN (YRS)

7 years

iucn Status
lc

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