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Mammalia > Rodentia > Sciuridae > Petaurista

Petaurista nobilis Gray, 1842 – Bhutan Giant Flying Squirrel

Taxonomic Notes:

It is also known as Gray's Giant Flying Squirrel or Noble Giant Flying Squirrel.

This species is listed as Near Threatened in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (

Indian and global distribution:
records (based on images):
Sexual, seasonal & individual variation:
Status, Habitat and Habits:

Very little is known about this species. It is restricted to smaller locality in Bhutan, Nepal and adjoining parts of India. It is distributed at the elevations between 1500 and 3000 m. It is a nocturnal species that dwells in canopy. It is a herbivorous species that feeds mainly on leaves, soft parts of bark and fruits. It is likely to be a solitary species, nevertheless, more studies will be required to confirm many such anecdotes.

Conservation Status:

This species is listed as Near Threatened in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (

According to IUCN Red List assessment, its population is declining. There are, however, no population estimates available. It is more vulnerable as its population is restricted to relatively smaller locality. The threats to its existence are mainly anthropogenic such as commercial development, logging, deforestation, urbanization, mining and occasional hunting. 

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Cite this page along with its URL as:
Bayani, A. 2023. Petaurista nobilis Gray, 1842 – Bhutan Giant Flying Squirrel. A. Bayani, R. Chakravarty, P. Roy, and K. Kunte (editors). Mammals of India, v. 1.13. editors.
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