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Different Colors of Fallow Deer (With Pictures)

These elegant deer have long been prized as ornamental species, and it’s not hard to see why!

From their shiny, stylish coats of fur to their majestic antlers, these beautiful creatures can be found in many places around the world.

Fallow deer are native to parts of Europe; it was only in the last two millennia that these deer have been distributed around the world, now they can be found in places such as the USA and South Africa.

Fallow deer have four main variations of coat:

Common – Tan with white spots and a white patch outlined with black horseshoe-shaped border, this coat fades to a general grey colour during the winter.

Species – Fallow Deer – The Mammal Society

Menil – paler coloration with white spots year-round and a caramel horseshoe shape

Cannundrums: Fallow Deer

Melanistic – black, almost entirely black or chocolate coloured

A white fallow stag and melanistic fallow deer | Deer species, Fallow deer,  Melanistic

White – white to pale sandy-coloured turning increasingly white with age

Male White Fallow Deer Photograph by Nigel Downer

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Written by Joe Kahlo