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Indian muntjac

The Common muntjac, also called Indian muntjac (Muntiacus muntjak) is the most numerous muntjac deer species. It has soft, short, brownish or grayish hair, sometimes with creamy markings. This species is omnivorous, feeding on fruits, shoots, seeds, birds’ eggs as well as small animals and even carrion. It gives calls similar to barking, usually on sensing a predator (hence the common name for all muntjacs of barking deer).

The male Indian muntjac has small antlers, which attain 6 inches (15 cm) in length and have only 1 branch. They grow annually from a bony stalk on the head. Males are extremely territorial and can be fierce for their size. They will fight each other for territory using their antlers or their (more dangerous) tusk-like upper canine teeth, and can defend themselves against predators such as dogs.

Indian muntjac