Friday, July 30, 2010

Grizzled Giant Squirrel (Ratufa macroura) Aka Dandulena Building A Nest

Do you   remember me telling you that its been quite a task to get a Grizzled Giant Squirrel on lens? Well, you couldn't imagine my excitement when I found out one building a nest on a Jackfruit
tree in the garden nest door! It was pretty amazing to see the animal busily carrying twigs in its mouth to the nest with out taking much notice of me. This time I got real close to it and made this footage, which would have been impossible had the squirrels wasn't so absorbed in building the nest. If I'm not terribly mistaken, this one is a male, so it must be the male of this species that builds the nest.  I'll keep an eye on this one and keep you up to date with his progress.


  1. Nice video there Amila - in all my years seeing squirrels over here I can't remember ever seeing one carrying a twig - even though they build quite big nests - called dreys here - weird or what.



  2. Hi Davo,

    Thanks,I knew you guys would like it. There will be many surprises on our way,nature being what it is.

  3. Wow what a weird looking squirrel , great name though........

  4. Hi Stu,

    Yes it looks a little too big and clumsy for a squirrel.

  5. These guys are awesome. There were a couple of tame ones at the hotel I stayed at last week; absolutely remarkable animals.

  6. Hi tai haku,

    Welcome to my blog! Yes they are unique.


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