- Common Name: Agile Gibbon
- Taxonomy Classification Year: 1821
- Monkey Size: 44 to 63.5 cm (17.3 to 25.0 inches)
- Skin Color(s): Black, Brown, Light Tan and Reddish-Brown
- Habitat: rainforests
- Diet: Herbivorous (Frugivorous)
- Native Countries: Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand
Agile Gibbon Distribution
Agile Gibbon Characteristics
Agile gibbons, also known as dark-handed or black-handed gibbons, are arboreal monkeys; they are always in the trees.
- Their fur is short, sometimes black, but can also be reddish-brown or dark brown. Above their eyes is a white streak from an eyebrow resembling a blackboard chalk line.
- Males usually have white fur on the sides of their faces, looking like white sideburns. As great apes, agile gibbons do not have a tail.
- Instead, the most distinctive feature of agile gibbons is the length of their arms, which are exceptionally long to their torso.
- These long arms and fingers allow agile gibbons to easily swing through trees.
Agile Gibbon Name Origin
The name of the agile gibbon is derived from its ability to move quickly. In fact, upon its discovery, the species was observed to be capable of taking long leaps from tree to tree, and even capturing flying birds.
Agile Gibbon Facts
- Agile gibbons belong to the great ape family. However, they are categorized as lesser apes because they are smaller than great apes.
- They live in monogamous family groups of up to four.
- They got their name because they swing over the branches with their long arms at great speed.
- Agile gibbon’s vocalizations are sometimes referred to as songs because of the way they modulate their pitch.
- By habitat loss and hunting, Agile gibbons are being threatened primarily for the illegal pet trade.
Suggested Reading: Monkey Species | Ape Species
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