Plantain Squirrel’s call

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Plantain squirrel, also known as Common red-bellied squirrel (Callosciurus notatus singapurensis) is commonly seen in urban gardens (above).

I have a pair in my garden LINK and regularly hear their characteristic call.

On this particular morning I again heard its characteristic call – sounding like short bursts of machine gun fire. I located the squirrel resting on a horizontal branch of the nearby roadside Golden Penda (Xanthostemon chrysanthus) tree. Each round of short burst saw its tail raised and lowered. Only when it was scratching its body did the call stopped temporarily.

There was no other Plantain Squirrels nearby as in an earlier encounter where there was a response LINK. There is another earlier post where it was harassing a python using an almost similar call LINK.

YC Wee
April 2015

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