Introduced into New Zealand in 1864, Fallow Deer are the second most widespread of the deer species, after the Red. The Fallow stag is much smaller than the average mature Red Deer and seldom exceeds 3 feet at the shoulder. Color variation in animals of both sexes is wide, between white and almost black.
The antlers of Fallow stags are palmated or flattened towards the ends and divide into a number of points called spillers or snags. There can be difficulty in distinguishing between Fallow and Sika–positive identification of Fallow males can be made by extremely long hairs from the end of the penis sheath.