Chital have several white spots, whereas fallow deer usually have white splotches. Chital (, "Morphometrical relationships between South-east Asian deer (Cervidae, tribe Cervini): evolutionary and biogeographic implications", "Evolution and phylogeny of old world deer", "Systematics and evolution of the Eurasian Plio-Pleistocene tribe Cervini (Artiodactyla, Mammalia)", "Preliminary study of the behavior and ecology of axis deer on Maui, Hawaii", "Mineral composition of antlers of three deer species reared in captivity", "Group size, sex and age composition of chital (, "Mystery deer growth pitting hunters against Hawaii", "Alleged animal smugglers used helicopters to fly sheep to Maui, deer to Big Island", "New law prohibits having or releasing feral deer in Hawaii", First record of the invasive alien species Axis axis (Erxleben, 1777) (Artiodactyla: Cervidae) in Brazil, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Chital&oldid=989361846, Taxa named by Johann Christian Polycarp Erxleben, Short description is different from Wikidata, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 18 November 2020, at 15:27. Copyright © 2020 Multiply Media, LLC. The biggest distinction is the dark brown stripe running down the chital's back.  The hairs are smooth and flexible.  Herd membership in Texas is typically up to 15; herds can have five to 40 members in India.  The chital has well-developed preorbital glands (near the eyes) which have stiff hairs. Mishra, H. and Wemmer, C. 1987. sprouting grass, tree branches, fruits, and even the antlers they Chital, (Cervus axis, sometimes Axis axis), Asiatic deer, belonging to the family Cervidae (order Artiodactyla).  Small herds are common, though aggregations of as many as 100 individuals have been observed. In: D. E. Wilson and D. M. Reeder (eds), Gee, E.P. While males weigh 30–75 kg (66–165 lb), the lighter females weigh 25–45 kg (55–99 lb).  The chital may be confused with the fallow deer. Axis Deer Reproduction.  These deer typically move in a single file on specific tracks, with a distance of two to three times their width between them, when on a journey, typically in search of food and water sources.  The highest numbers of chital are found in the forests of India, where they feed upon tall grass and shrubs. A rutting male fasts during the mating season and follows and guards a female in oestrus. , The dorsal (upper) parts are golden to rufous, completely covered in white spots. , Releasing them on the island of Hawaii was planned, as well, but this was abandoned after pressure from scientists over damage to landscapes caused by the deer on other islands. , The chital is found in large numbers in dense deciduous or semievergreen forests and open grasslands. The chital was estimated to have diverged from the Rucervus lineage in the Early Pliocene (five million years ago). Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press.  Bellowing coincides with rutting. , Hooves measure between 4.1 and 6.1 cm (1.6 and 2.4 in) in length; hooves of the fore legs are longer than those of the hind legs.  Chital occur sporadically in the forested areas throughout the rest of the Indian peninsula.  Fights are not generally serious. , When cautiously inspecting its vicinity, the chital stands motionless and listens with rapt attention, facing the potential danger, if any. Browse forms a major portion of the diet only in the winter-October to January-when the grasses, tall or dried up, are no longer palatable. It is sexually dimorphic; males are larger than females, and antlers are present only on males. Now, obviously deer will eat a lot of different plants, and how picky they are will depend on how many options they have. It stands 90–95 cm (35–37 inches) at the shoulder. How will understanding of attitudes and predisposition enhance teaching? Is evaporated milk the same thing as condensed milk?  Common mynas are often attracted to the chital. That's hard for me to say. The opponents then interlock their horns and push against each other, with the smaller male producing a sound at times which is louder than that produced by sambar deer, but not as much as the barasinga's. A moderate-sized deer, male chital reach nearly 90 cm (35 in) and females 70 cm (28 in) at the shoulder.  The western limit of its range is eastern Rajasthan and Gujarat. Activity slows down during midday, when the animals rest or loiter about slowly.  The chital can leap and clear fences as high as 1.5 m (4.9 ft), but prefers to dive under them. The antlers, three-pronged, are nearly 1 m (3.3 ft) long.