Rusa are a medium sized deer. The coarse coat is dark grey-brown in winter and reddish brown after summer moult. The underside is cream or pale grey. Some males have a white throat patch. The tail is fairly long and pointed with dark tip. Males have three-tined antlers that are shed in summer and regrow each winter. Stags develop a mane during winter. New calves have a rich tan coat with no spots.
Length: 1.5m - 1.8m. Tail length: 18cm - 25cm. Weight 50g - 120kg
grassy plains bordered by dense brush or woodlands for shelter
grass, herbaceous plants
Females give birth to a single calf after a gestation period of about 8-9 months.
Rusa deer are native to South-East Asia. In Australia they are found in the Royal National Park outside Sydney and on the islands of Torres Strait.
Relatives in same Genus
Red Deer (C. elaphus)
Hog Deer (C. porcinus)
Sambar (C. unicolor)