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Red Deer are the largest UK deer. They are red-brown in colour, and have no spots. Their rumps are creamy with no black linesThe males sport impressive branched antlers. Older, more dominant males tend to have more points on their antlers.
They rut from late September until November. They can often be heard roaring from the hillsides.
They are ruminants and have a 4-chambered stomach.
Males can be 2 metres nose to tail, and weigh up to 200kg.They live less than 20 years.
You can also see roe deer and sika deer in Argyll. Roes make a sort of barking noise when they are in the breeding season.