Red Brocket Deer (Mazama americana)
Female Red Brocket Deer, Cristalino, Mato Grosso, Brazil, April 2003 - click for larger image Cristalino River, Mato Grosso, Brazil

The Red Brocket Deer is distributed from Mexico through Central and South America as far as northern Argentina.

It is found in thick forest where there is dense undergrowth particularly swampy areas and close to rivers. They are well adapted to forest life with short front legs and antlers, found only on the males (photos 3 and 4), simple and short enough to slip through the vegetation.

The body and legs are a rich chestnut brown while the head and neck are grey-brown. The face is plain. The young are red with white spots for the first few months. We thought that the female in photos 1 and 2 might have been pregnant.

Female Red Brocket Deer, Cristalino, Mato Grosso, Brazil, April 2003 - click for larger image They are active during both the day and the night and are usually solitary.They feed on fruit, fungi and, when little fruit is available, leaves.
Male Red Brocket Deer, Cristalino, Mato Grosso, Brazil, December 2006 - click for larger image
Male Red Brocket Deer, Cristalino, Mato Grosso, Brazil, December 2006 - click for larger image
Female Red Brocket Deer, Cristalino, Mato Grosso, Brazil, December 2006 - click for larger image
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