The roe deer is the smallest of the deer family. It lives alone or in small herds. It feeds on shoots, leaves, fruits and brambles. It is shy and rarely come out during the daytime, making it difficult to observe.
Its coat is tawny-brown, and a dark reddish grey in winter. The hindquarters are white.
The male carries antlers from the age of one year. It is then known as a brocket. The antlers drop every year in November-December.
By March they have grown back.
The gestation period is nine and a half months. Implantation is deferred, i.e. the egg which is fertilised at the end of July or beginning of August does not begin to develop until around mid-December. Two fawns are generally born in May.