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Red and White Giant Flying Squirrel

Petaurista alborufus


The largest species of giant squirrel over 1m (3') from head to tail with piercing blue eyes! Check out the short video clip of it gliding through the forest. This species inhabits dense montane forest, limestone cliffs and conifer forests. They are nocturnal and nest in high tree hollows.


This species is found in China in the provinces of Shaanxi, Hunan (CSIS 2008), Guangxi, Sichuan, Gansu, Hubei, Guizhou, and Yunnan, and including Taiwan (Smith and Xie 2008). It occupies elevations ranging from 800-3,500 m asl, most often from 2,000-3,000 m. This species inhabits dense montane forest, limestone cliffs and conifer forests. They are nocturnal and nest in high tree hollows.


I spotted this is Foping Reserve. The trackers knew were to find them and we hiked to a valley with tall trees that they nested in. They are a nocturnal species and in order to see them during the day, the trackers would make a bit of noise on the tree to try and get the squirrel to come out and investigate. It worked! I was lucky enough to see 3 of them and even got to see them fly. I've added my footage of them flying. They were very hard to film as I never knew when the would fly. I was lucky enough to film them flying twice during midflight. I've combined my 3 videos into one with the first one played in slow motion as well to really get a good look at how they glide.

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234 Comments (1–25)

dandoucette a week ago

Thanks a lot Daniele, that is a high honour to have with so many other amazing spottings to choose from. Thanks Saman.

SamanAnsari a week ago


DanielePralong a week ago

Still my favorite spotting on Project Noah :-)

dandoucette a week ago

Thanks Teresa, Zariga and Diaz, glad I blew your mind!

Diaz José Miguel
Diaz José Miguel a week ago

This is one awesome spotting! congrats, you blew my mind!!

Zariga a week ago

Okay, faving this wasn't enough... This spotting is absolutely amazing! Gorgeous cute creature. Nicely done, thanks for sharing! :D

TeresaBurke 2 months ago

That thing is so cute! I want one!

dandoucette 4 months ago

Thanks again stacey.

staccyh 4 months ago

Wow Dan, really awesome spot! Thanks for sharing the vid and the info. They have such blue eyes, amazing!

dandoucette 4 months ago

Thanks paulm.

paulm7714 4 months ago

Great Photo

dandoucette 4 months ago

Thanks patty. My guides found it by knocking on a tree at its base. Then this popped its head out of a hole high up in the tree. It's not very little though, it's 1m from head to tail.

patty 4 months ago

It is little. How did you find it? It is very cute. It is incredible. It is wonderful. We love animals.

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HazelMarley 6 months ago

No problem, dan. Oh. Cool! Oh.

dandoucette 7 months ago

Thanks Hazel. There are flying squirrels in the US and Canada too. No, it can't actually fly but it can glide great distances. Bats are the only true flying mammal.

HazelMarley 8 months ago

Nice spotting! I've never seen a flying squirrel... Can it actually fly?

dandoucette 9 months ago

Thanks Tassio.

TassioFranca 9 months ago

very beautiful ... I did not know this kind

dandoucette 10 months ago

Thank you Karen.

KarenSaxton 10 months ago

The video is cool! Thanks!

dandoucette 11 months ago

Thanks maximo.

maximo101 11 months ago


dandoucette 11 months ago

Thanks Rick and namitha!

namitha 11 months ago

Sweet spotting!

RickBohler 11 months ago


陕西, Paracel Islands

Lat: 33.52, Long: 107.93

Spotted on Nov 26, 2011
Submitted on Mar 24, 2012

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