Yellow-bellied Glider

Yellow-bellied Glider (Petaurus australis)

Petaurus australis


Body length 280 mm; tail length 420 mm; weight 550 g. Black fore and hind paws; naked black ears; claws white. Belly buff-yellow, orange or white, depending on age. Gliding membrane extends from wrist to ankle.

Habitat and Range:

Tall open eucalypt forest (most generally wet forest). Known from Greenbank, Park Ridge and Mt Nebo. Rare. Patchy distribution in coastal areas of eastern Australia (except Tas.).


Nocturnal. Noted for its long glides (over 100 m recorded), loud gurgling calls, and habit of slashing tree trunks to obtain exuded gums. Incisions on trunks resemble a human 'kiss' shape. Locally favoured trees (in order of importance) are: Grey Gums (Eucalyptus longirostrata and Eucalyptus biturbinata), Forest Red Gum (Eucalyptus  tereticornis), Gum-topped Box (Eucalyptus mollucana) and Spotted Gum (Corymbia citriodora). Insects, nectar and pollen are also eaten. Similar to the Greater Glider but with naked ears.


Land clearing and felling of old hollow nest trees.


Weeping incisions on feed trees. Call ooo-cree-cha-cree-cha-chigga-woo-ja. Droppings are like small, rough-skinned avocados, indented on the side of the narrow end (20 mm long by 9 mm at widest end).

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