Squirrel ID´s from Northeast India
Have some problem to Identify Squirrels from the remote Arunachal Pradesh – Eaglenest in northeast India.
All of them is found at around 2000 mas in almost unexplored area.
The ones I have to deal with is Pallas squirrel, Hoary-bellied squirrel and Himalayan Orange bellied squirrel and I have uploaded them on Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/78467255@N08/
Photo 1 and 2 is of same Squirrel. Long nose, almost a bit like Malayan tree shrew,,,
Photo 3 is of a flying squirrel. Around 75% the size of Bhutan giant flying squirrel but completely different. Is it a weird morph of Red giant squirrel och something else?
Photo 4 is Bhutan giant flying squirrel I guess,
Photo 5. Squirrel with quite long tail suggest Hoary Bellied or Pallas?
Photo 6 and 7 is of same squirrel. Shorter tail. Orange bellied squirrel??
Photo 8. Very vocal. Screamed at me for 20 minutes. Rufuous color around head and belly. Little darker than the others. Pallas?
Hope for some help before I start my trip report from 3 weeks in India.
The first animal is a tree shrew.
The first flying squirrel looks like a Spotted Giant, but I don’t know if they are found there or not.
Second flying squirrel looks like a Bhutan.
The next squirrel is a Pallas’ Squirrel.
Next one is Himalayan Orange-bellied Squirrel.
Last one can’t tell – likely a Pallas’ though.
Do share the exact areas of Eaglesnest where you saw the squirrels as that will help in the id – ENS has a no of squirrels and since from Tenga to Sessni the altitude varies very widely – so it helps to know where they were sighted. The first and the second image is Tupaia belangeri; Where did you shoot the first gliding squirrel – we had shot the first image of the Grey-faced Gliding Squirrel from ENS – you can see the image in Marc and Peggy’s blog. The second image of the flying squirrel is Bhutan Giant – they have a deeper tawny coat in Eaglesnest than shown in images or illustrations and it varies to some extent I think. Israel has already given the ids. The last one is a Pallas’. In Arunachal – further to the eastern parts the Pallas’ is darker than otherwise.
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Some of your photos are underexposed. Does your camera make raw image files and, if so, did you save them? They can be used to correct exposure. Lee (email@example.com)