DeerCervus unicolor

Sambar at Yambulla, NSW

Cervus unicolor at Yambulla, NSW - 12 Jun 2017

Identification history

Deer Cervus unicolor 20 Jun 2017 JackieMilesUltra Reporter - JackieMiles has reported over 500 sightings!
Deer Cervus unicolor 20 Jun 2017 JackieMilesUltra Reporter - JackieMiles has reported over 500 sightings!
Unidentified 19 Jun 2017 DebLewis

Author's notes

On the Mt Imlay Rd

4 comments

   20 Jun 2017
Hi Deb, Sambar are very common in the southern part of the shire. Red deer are also possible (released off deer farms when the venison biz went bust) but they have higher antlers. In sambar the rear pair of tines are about the same height as the front ones, which is just apparent in your photo.
   20 Jun 2017
Hi again, I went off a bit half-cocked on the sambar distinguishing features, just going on a single illustration in my field guide. The rear tines of the antlers can stick up well above the front ones in sambar too, but their antlers are less branched than those of red deer, with a maximum of 3 tines per antler.
DebLewis wrote:
   20 Jun 2017
Thanks Jackie ... since we moved here in November 2016 many of our neighbours tell us how many deer there are around here ... this one was a little further afield, and with a reasonable sized group of friends that ran into the forest.
libbyhMultiple Significant Sightings - libbyh has made multiple, recognised, significant sightings and is a true NatureMapr!Bulk Reporter - libbyh has reported over 100 sightings! wrote:
   21 Jun 2017
It's the first record we have of a deer, so thanks Deb

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  • 4 - 15 Abundance
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