Northern Buffed Cheeked Gibbon

Kingdom Order Family Genus Species
Animalia Primates Hylobatidae Nomascus Nomascus annamensis
Northern Yellow-cheeked Crested Gibbon
IUCN Status: Endangered
  • Common Name: Northern Yellow-cheeked Crested Gibbon
  • Taxonomy Classification Year: 2010
  • Monkey Size: 60 to 80 cm (23.62 to 31.50 in)
  • Skin Color(s): Black and orange-beige
  • Habitat: Rainforest
  • Diet: Omnivorous
  • Native Countries: Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos

Northern Yellow-cheeked Crested Gibbon Distribution

Northern Buffed-cheeked Gibbon Characteristics

Northern Buffed Cheeked Gibbon

The northern buffed-cheeked gibbon[1] (Nomascus annamensis) is a species of crested gibbon recently discovered in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia.

  • The northern buffed-cheeked gibbon resembles Nomascus gabriellae in appearance.
  • Males and females of Nomascus annamensis differ in color and morphology.
  • The male primarily has black fur that shimmers silver in the sun and a light brown chest.
  • The cheeks are dark orange, and the crest is very prominent. However, the female lacks the distinctive crest and is tan-orange.

Northern Buffed-Cheeked Gibbon Facts

Nomascus Annamensis

  • Northern buffed-cheeked gibbons live almost exclusively in trees and rarely leave the canopy’s comfort and safety.
  • This gibbon can project up to 10 m (33 feet) between branches at peak speed! However, he manages to do so with the greatest elegance and grace, his movements flowing harmoniously into the next and coming to perch on a branch in a calm and controlled way: perfectly composed.
  • High in the canopy where predators can’t reach them, Northern buffed-cheeked gibbons spend the day foraging and feeding, the young find time to play, and the parents relax or care for each other or their young.
  • When they are not trying to find a mate, gibbons tend to socialize only with their immediate family members.
  • Family members spend their mornings reconnecting, eating, or traveling for food.

Suggested Reading: Gorillas and Chimpanzees

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Key References
  • [1]“A large population of the northern yellow-cheeked gibbon (Nomascus annamensis) and new records on the primate diversity in Ba Na-Nui Chua Nature Reserve, Danang, Vietnam”. Accessed October 22, 2022. Link.


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