The Tufted Deer gets its name from the distinctive tuft of hair seen on the top of its head. This tuft shows up clearly as it is darker in colour than the rest of the body and is a blackish brown. The coat is short and dense, the hairs being rather spiky and giving the Tufted Deer a shaggy appearance. In colour the coat is a chocolate brown. The under parts are paler in colour being a whitish grey. The head and neck are a darker grey colour. There are white markings on the face, the tip of the ears and on the underside of the tail, these areas stand out well against the dull colouration of the rest of the body. The white face markings sometimes run around the eyes and towards the top of the head.
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