Deer are mammals who prefer to live in herds are four-legged animals. They are herbivores and live in different environment and can survive in harsh weather. There are about 60 different species of deer found in almost all the continents except Australia and Antarctica. They can survive in extremely cold weather or hot temperature depending on the habitat they are living in. They are classified in the family ‘Cervidae’. This family includes deer called Southern pudu the smallest dear you can find in nature. Pudu’s are just about 14 inches tall. You can see deer large as moose in nature. Moose grow up to six feet and their antlers make them look more strong and large.
There are many types of deer available around the world with different features and different names were given to them by different people living in different countries. There are many species of deer such as elks, water deer, moose, reindeer, etc. These mammals live in such a habitat where they can find out sufficient food and thrive freely in nature. Some deer are domesticated in many places around the globe. Unlike any other deer, Antelopes are calm and tame creature while other deer have the heavy physical ability and they can grow antlers. Deer are found in many countries around the world and they are herbivores. There are more than 60 species of deer you can find in the wild. Some have gone extinct and some are on the verge of extinction. But most people don’t have the idea about using the correct noun to call a deer. With the difference in their shapes, attitude and habitant, they are given different names in different countries.
What is a Baby Deer Called?
A baby deer is called a fawn or a calf. Baby deer which is few years old but not matured enough to properly survive in nature is called a youngling. When a female deer gives birth, the offspring can stand within the first 20 minutes from its birth. It takes a baby deer a period of seven days or a week to catch the pace of its mother and walk around normally. Fawns or baby deer do not tend to leave the company of their mother. They do not prefer to leave their mother and always accompany their mother wherever they go.
A feen needs almost one year to be fully matured and capable enough to search for its food. Male fawns are called stags when they grow up and start their own herd. These stags do not prefer to return to their mother and do not even see their mother anymore. Female fawns are called doe when they grow up. They find their own mate for breeding purpose. When the partner of a doe dies or the doe decides to leave her stag, they return to their mother. They sometimes bring their own fawns with them to start a new herd that is small in size.
What is a Male Deer Called?
A male deer goes by several names and their name varies in different countries. They are called stag or a buck, bull and hart depending on the type of the deer. The male fallow deer in Africa, male muntjac deer in Africa and roe deer in Europe are known as bucks. Red deer in Europe and sika deer in Eurasia goes by the name stags. Wapiti deer and reindeer are called bulls in America.
All male deer excluding the water deer living in Asia grow antlers. Reindeer is visible only in the male deer but female reindeer are exceptional because they can grow antlers for survival purpose. All male deer or stags can grow antler and they grow into a tree branch-like shape. Male deer use his antler to show their dominance in the herd. The bigger and heavier a male deer is, the chance is that he is the leader of the herd. Antlers grow in such a shape and positioned in a specific part of the head so that the deer can use his antler to fight other male deer without injuring their face. Antlers dictate the hierarchy in a group of deer. Male deer with bigger antlers are more aggressive and dominant. Antler is also used by a male deer for mating purpose. A female deer gets more attracted to a male deer with a bigger antler to breed strong fawns or doe for better survival chance in nature.
What is a Female Deer Called?
A female deer is given different names in many countries depending on the type of species and the size of the deer. They go by the name doe, cow or a hind in different countries or region. Large species of deer such as the red deer is called hind. Small female deer is called a doe. The American wapiti or elk is called a cow and they are never called stags because they are smaller than the male deer in comparison.
Deer have sexual dimorphism and both the sexes can identify the opposite sex just by their physical appearance. It is easier to distinguish a female deer from a male deer because of the proportion of their size and physical structure. Does are smaller than stags and can’t grow an antler unless it’s a female reindeer who can grow antlers. That is why female deer are attracted to stags with a larger antler for survival and breeding purpose. Zoologists discovered the fact that, tend to choose stags with strong antler to protect themselves and their babies from the predators.
What is a Group of Deer Called?
A group of deer is normally called a herd. Some deer species live in such a small group that they are not called herd because of the lack of number to become a complete herd. A hard is also called a parcel of deer. They are generally known as a group of deer but the preferable known to call them is either ‘herd’ or ‘parcel'. Deer are adaptive in nature and prefer to live in large open spaces where the grass and other herbs are abundant and they can enjoy a good meal.
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