Males are larger than females
Woodland savanna with acacia trees as a
food source of gum; never seen
Invertebrates and acacia gum which is staple food in winter. Insects are located by sight and sound
and caught with the hands.
Very active and visits about 500 trees per night looking for gum.
One or usually two young are born in summer after a gestation of 120 days
but may have litters twice a year depending on food availability. Babies are weaned at six weeks and carried
around by the mother. They are left to cling to branches
while she forages in the vicinity. Thin-tailed bushbabies are often killed by genets, snakes, large owls, raptors and ground
Thin-tailed bushbabies are active at
night and feeds mostly in trees. They also foarage on the ground. They are very agile
climbers and consumate jumpers, usually landing on the hind feet whereas the thick-tailed bushbaby
lands on all fours. On the ground it hops on its hind legs. During daytime they sleep in
holes in trees, platforms built in dense foliage or sometimes in empty birds' nests.
The family groups will sleep together but look for food
mark their territories with a gland on the chest, saliva and gland secretions of
the anus. They also urinate onto their feet to allow the scent to be
transferred onto every branch the the bush baby climbs on, so advertising its
presence. The urine on the hands and feet also give a better grip.
When it leaps from branch
to branch, it holds its arms overhead and with the tail held upright to maintain
its balance. When sleeping, thin-tailed
bushbabies cover their heads with their hands and
or curl up and sleep with their heads resting on their hands. Ears are folded to
close to its head to
conserve body heat.
hour after leaving the nest they can call to each other. They are quiet during
the night and meet up just dawn and socialise until it is time to
sleep. Young males wander off to other groups while females
stay with their family.
Maternal Care and Offspring
Babies are born on a leafy
platform with their eyes open and crawl to the mother and cling to her. After 4
days babies can use their hands like adults and groom themselves after 1 week.
weeks they can run along branches but the mother will still carry them in
her mouth across gaps in trees.
Babies will start eating gum at 3 weeks and catch insects when 1 month old.
Contact with family;
territorial advertising: Bark.
Alarm calls: sob,
When attacked: Fighting
Alerting calls: grunt,
sneeze, yap and wail.
- Distress call:
Dung and Field Sign
Dung contains fragments of insect exoskeletons.