Black Crested Gibbon

Kingdom Order Family Genus Species
Animalia Primates Hylobatidae Nomascus Nomascus concolor
Black-Crested Gibbon
IUCN Status: Critically-Endangered
  • Common Name: Black Crested Gibbon
  • Taxonomy Classification Year: 1826
  • Monkey Size: 43.54 to 43.54 cm (17.21 to 17.21 in)
  • Skin Color(s): Black and yellowish-beige
  • Habitat: Rainforests
  • Diet: Herbivorous
  • Native Countries: China, Laos, Vietnam

Black Crested Gibbon Distribution

Black-Crested Gibbon Characteristics

Black Crested Gibbon

Black-crested Gibbons[1] (Nomascus concolor) are mainly found in southern China (Yunnan) and some distribution areas in northwestern Laos and northern Vietnam.

  • Black-crested gibbons live in deciduous, evergreen, and semi-evergreen forests of mountainous and subtropical regions.
  • The males are all black with hairless black faces, while the females are yellowish-beige with hairless black faces and black markings on the top of the head, abdomen, and chest.
  • Females and males usually weigh between 7 and 10 kg. Like all gibbons, black-crested gibbons have a long arm length relative to body size.

Black-Crested Gibbon Facts

Black Crested Gibbon

  • Black-crested gibbons exhibit sexual dichromatism, with the male being entirely black, while the female is yellowish or tan in color with variable black markings.
  • The species are forest dwellers and are known for swinging their long arms between jungle branches, a method of locomotion referred to as brachiation.
  • They live in small family groups comprising a monogamous female and male and their young.
  • These monkeys mainly live in trees, and the group sleeps and forages among the trees.
  • Led by the female, the breeding pair usually partakes in powerful morning songs that echo eerily through the forest.

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Key References
  • [1]“Black Crested Gibbon: Nomascus Concolor – Gibbon Experience”. Accessed October 16, 2022. Link.


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