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Muntjac Deer

Observed: 31st May 2009 By: pjt347pjt347’s reputation in Mammals
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Unexpected encounter good job I was armed with my camera.

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Milvus's picture

Saw my first ever Muntjac in

Saw my first ever Muntjac in the north east of England this spring, when searching a wood for nesting birds of prey. Unfortunately, it was dead, but the bizaree thing is, about an hour earlier I had flushed a roe deer which I 'thought' had disturbed something smaller, which ran off. It crossed my mind, 'could that have been a Muntjac?' Obvioulsy it was not the one I found the coprse of (it had been dead for 3-4 days), it seems likely that there are now 'lots' of them up here, but so rearely seen!

the naturalist man's picture

Muntjac deer

This is a wonderful shot and a very lucky one. Muntjac are notoriously shy of people.

You are correct, this is a muntjac. You are also correct giving only the genus (Muntiacus) as there are at least 3 deer species that go by the name muntjac. However, we only have Reeve's Muntjac deer in Britain so you can safely chage your identification to Muntiacus reevesi.

Even though you can not tell the size, muntjac are small, only the size of a large dog, the high haunches are the first indication; in fact the haunches being much higher than the shoulder indicates this is a male. The other give-away is the V-shaped markings on the forehead, no other British deer has these.

Norfolk is a good place to see muntjac, I've seen more there than any where else in Britain. However, I'd be careful refering to Norfolk as the North-east of England! Or is this a photo and location of a different animal? If you did mean the 'North-East' then can you be more acurate. Muntjac are not known to have gone beyond Yorkshire except for an area along the Northumbrian coast. An inland Northumbrian muntjac would be a good record.

There is another record of muntjac on iSpot:

http://www.ispot.org.uk/node/4676

Graham Banwell

Visit the iSpot Yorkshire forum for information on events, issues and news relating to 'God's own country'
http://www.ispot.org.uk/forum/8411

tootsietim's picture

Not always shy

A couple of years back I went to Sculthorpe Moor nature reserve near Fakenham in Norfolk only to find it closed for maintenance. I turned back along the approach road to leave when I spotted a Robin on a low perch studying the ground below. That was when I realised that the robin was watching a Muntjac (male) which was scuffling throught the leaf litter below the oak trees. It was just the other side of the ditch and bank, no more than five feet away. As it kicked up the leaves, the robin would flit down to pick invertebrates from the ground before returning to its' perch. I was able to slowly sit down and continued to watch, never from more than ten feet for about ten minutes.
Fantastic.

biggsy02's picture

shy and nervous

I have seen muntjac in cornwall and they always seem to be very nervous and shy, the closest I have managed to get is 60m down wind of one. very fast runners