Mammal Cervus timorensis (Rusa Deer)

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Common Name: Rusa Deer

Scientific Name: Cervus timorensis

Family: Cervidae

Other Names: N/A

Distribution: Introduced species and Farmed

Habitat: prefer an open forest and grassland environment.

Field Notes: Stags stand up to 110cm at the shoulder and may weigh around 136kg while hinds are considerably smaller at 95cm and 60kg.
In good conditions, a mature rusa stag may grow antlers up to and sometimes exceeding 76cm in length. Most stags cast their antlers in January or February.

Rusa are very vocal, and their calls range from an alarm bark to a low, barely audible, vibratory communication between hinds and calves, or the loud shrill sound of rutting stags.

Photo by Auscraft 2011

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