Guardian Nature School Team Contact Blog Project Noah Facebook Project Noah Twitter

A global community of nature enthusiasts
photographing and learning about wildlife

Join Project Noah!
nature school apple icon

Project Noah Nature School visit nature school


Axis axis


The chital or cheetal, also known as chital deer, spotted deer or axis deer, is a deer which commonly inhabits wooded regions of India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, and in small numbers in Pakistan. The chital goes by various names in India, among which include: chital horin in Bengali, thith muwa in Sinhalese, jinke in Kannada, pulli maan in Tamil and Malayalam, jinka in Telugu, phutuki horin in Assamese, haran/harin in Marathi, and hiran in Hindi/Urdu (the latter two derived from harini, the Sanskrit cognate for 'deer'). It is the most common deer species in Indian forests. The name chital comes from the Bengali word chitral (চিত্রল)/chitra (চিত্রা), which means "spotted". The chital is monotypic within the genus Axis, but this genus has also included three species that now are placed in Hyelaphus based on genetic evidence.


Bharatpur - Dec 2014

Species ID Suggestions

Sign in to suggest organism ID

30 Comments (1–25)

marirs 8 years ago

Thank you all for your kind comments and for the SOTW... :)

Beautiful! The 5th photo is so nice too! Congrats marirs!

Arun 8 years ago

Poetic Capture !! Congrts :)

DanielePralong 8 years ago

Congrats marirs!

arlanda 8 years ago


AnnieLopezReyes 8 years ago


Dilan Chathuranga
Dilan Chathuranga 8 years ago

Congrats Marirs!!

Stefania Romoff
Stefania Romoff 8 years ago

beautiful spotting and congrats on the SOTW!

beaker98 8 years ago

Congrats on the SOTW marirs! Gorgeous photography.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 8 years ago

Congrats marirs.

James McNair
James McNair 8 years ago

Told you it was good marirs. Congrats my friend on a well deserved SOTW!

Congrats again marirs,now on the well deserved SOTW

Yasser 8 years ago

Congratulations! These gorgeous and magical photos have been selected as our Spotting of the Week by the Project Noah Rangers! Thank you so much for sharing and we can't wait to see what you photograph next. Congrats again!

We've also shared the news with our Facebook and Twitter fans.


Fyn Kynd
Fyn Kynd 8 years ago

Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated!

Desmond.E.S.O 8 years ago

Lovely, This little guy reminds me of Bambi

Marlon829 8 years ago

love it

Like in a fairy tail movie, gorgeous marirs,super series,very good work,congrats and thanks for sharing

marirs 8 years ago

Oh, and email me if you are coming to India, and I can help you to go around :)

marirs 8 years ago

Thanks James :)

James McNair
James McNair 8 years ago

For a are growing up fast. You have a great eye and the nature around you from what you post is stunning. I would love to visit and see it myself. Keep posting. Cannot wait to see what comes next!

marirs 8 years ago

James, thanks for the appreciation.. :) I'll upload it to yourshot by NG and see what happens.. Thanks again so much.

To be very honest, I've done my spottings this time of the year to just make it in PN, and see how much of wildlife I've spotted so far.

Considering, all of you (James/Mark/Maria/and more) I'm just a kid here :)
Thanks for your encouragement.

James McNair
James McNair 8 years ago

That first image is one of the best I have seen on PN marirs. Could be a national geographic contender. Just takes your breath away!

marirs 8 years ago

Thanks James :)

James McNair
James McNair 8 years ago

I concur with Martha and Mark. #1 and 5 are stunning marirs......superb composition and imagery

marirs 8 years ago

Thank you Mark

Spotted by

Rajasthan, India

Spotted on Dec 24, 2014
Submitted on Jan 3, 2015

Related Spottings

Axis Deer Cheetal chital deer, spotted deer, axis deer Chital

Nearby Spottings

Long-tailed shrike Lesser spotted eagle Indian silverbill Sarus crane


Noah Guardians
Noah Sponsors
join Project Noah Team

Join the Project Noah Team