Only bucks have antlers, which are broad and shovel-shaped (palmate) from three years. In the first two years the antler is a single spike. They are grazing animals; their preferred habitat is mixed woodland and open grassland.
Agile and fast in case of danger, fallow deer can run up to a maximum speed of 48 km/over short distances. Fallow deer can also make jumps up to 1.75 metres high and up to 5 metres in length.