Background

Barasingha translated from Hindi means 12 tined (referring to the points of the antlers). Despite this the number of the tines can range from 10 – 15, and in some cases can reach up to 20. This species of deer is a pale orange, which results in these deer being quite easily distinguished from other deer species that are found in Britain and continental Europe.

Habitat

This species’ native habitat is the Indian subcontinent ranging from the eastern Pakistan to eastern India. However it is one of the introduced deer species that can be found at Woburn Abbey, interestingly at this site, they are separated from Red Deer due to fears of cross-breeding.

Diet

Like most species of deer the Barasingha Deer is a herbivore and eats a number of different grass species, leaves, and occasionally berries.

Predators & Threats

In the locations that they do not naturally occur, they have very few predators and none in Britain. In their native habitats, and some specific areas they are preyed upon by large cats, such as leopards and tigers. Habitat loss via human activity is another threat to this species, which has resulted in a significant loss of individual numbers.

Facts

  • The Barasingha Deer is listed as “Vulnerable” and in India numbers have dropped as low as 64. Populations are now recovering and there is an estimated 500-600.
  • Herds can be as large as 20 individuals and can consist of all males, all females or a combination of the two.
Common Name(s)Scientific Name
Barasingha Deer, Barasingha, Swamp Deer.Rucervus duvaucelii
Size
┬áTo the shoulders 1.1 – 1.2m
Lifespan
Up to 20 years.

Best Time to Look

All year round.

Where to find Barasingha Deer