Friday, 31 October 2008

Grey-bellied Squirrel (Callosciurus caniceps)

Adult Grey-bellied Squirrel (subspecies C. c. concolor) at Kuala Lumpur - July 2012

Local Name (Malay): Tupai Perut Kelabu ("Grey Stomach Squirrel")
Featured Subspecies: Callosciurus caniceps concolor
Weight: 280g
Length: 44cm
NO UK STATUS IUCN Red List: Least Concern

The Grey-bellied Squirrel is the smaller and less obvious of the two common squirrel species seen in urban environments in Malaysia - a fairly subtly coloured and drab animal that is found in various habitats right up into theheart of Kuala Lumpur itself, even in heavily managed areas.  It's diet is fairly typical of what you would expect from a squirrel including fruits, seeds, flowers and insects.

Related Species:
Order: Rodentia
Family: Sciuridae
Genus: Callosciurus
SUBSPECIES: C. c. adangensis, C. c. bentincanus, C. c. bimaculatus, C.c. caniceps, C. c. casensis, C. c. concolor, C. c. domelicus, C. c. epomophorus, C. c.fallax, C.c. helvus, C. c. inexpectatus, C. c. jaborensis, C. c. lancavensis, C. c. lucas, C. c. mapravis, C. c. matthaeus, C. c. moheius, C. c. mohillus, C. c. nakanus, C. c. panjioli, C. c. panjius, C. c. pipidonis, C. c. samuiensis, C. c. sullivanus, C. c. tabaudius, C. c. tacopius, C. c. talibius, C. c. terutavensis

 - Sighting Locations -
MALAYSIA - Fairly common resident.
 - MALAYSIA/SINGAPORE 2016 TRIP: Fairly common in several parks in Kuala Lumpura single at Genting Highlands

Further Notes: RSPB, Wikipedia, BirdGuides, BirdForum Opus, Arkive, IUCN Red List

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