The Axis deer, also known as “spotted deer”, is a species of deer that is native to the Indian subcontinent (Sri Lanka, Nepal, and Ceilá). The species was introduced to Argentina by Welsh immigrants over 100 years ago in the Rufino area (province of Santa Fé) to become a hunting target. Having no natural predators and finding abundance of food resources, the axis has been adapted comfortably in the region.
Its calls are, however, not as strong as those of elk or red deer; they are mainly coarse bellows or loud growls. Bellowing coincides with rutting.
A moderate-sized axis deer can weigh up to 165lb, while the lighter females can weigh up to 100lb.