YELLOW-THROATED MARTEN/Behaviour, Distribution, Habitat, Size, Weight, IUCN stetus



DESCRIPTION: The common forest marten of India, the Yellow-throated Marten is a colourful animal, easily told apart from all other mustelids by its large size, long tail (two-thirds of the head and body length) and colouration. It is larger than the Beech Marten and has a less bushy tail. The fur is comparatively shorter, less dense and more lustrous. It has a black face, crown, tail and legs. The rest of the body is made up of shades of yellow: golden or canary yellow on the neck and upper back, brownish yellow on the lower back up to the base of the tail, blond on the underside and deep orange or canary colour on the neck. The last is the brightest part of the yellow on the marten, just as in the related but geographically distinct Nilgiri Marten, which does not have the yellow on any other part of the body. The ears are short but prominent, black on the outside but greyish yellow inside. M.f. flavigula is larger, with longer fur, does not have a naked skin above the plantar pads of the hind feet, and has more hair between the plantar and carpal pads of the forefeet than other subspecies.

BEHAVIOUR: A bold and agile animal, this marten hunts with equal ease on trees as well as on the ground.

DISTRIBUTION: Himalayas from Jammu & Kashmir to Arunachal Pradesh and the hill states of north–east, i.e., Assam, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram and Meghalaya.

HABITAT: Forests ranging from coniferous to broadleaved in hilly terrain  (160–2,500 m). Not found above the treeline.

Size: 45–65 cm

IUCN Status: Least Concern


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