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Pileated Gibbon

Pileated Gibbon
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Copyright: Chris Chafer (sandpiper2) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1906 W: 107 N: 4875] (16757)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-02-04
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Pentax K100D Super, Sigma 70-300 DG Macro, Digital ISO-400, Matin 58mm UV
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/300 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-04-25 2:43
Viewed: 7681
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
There are 3 species of primate in Khao Yai National Park and we were lucky enough to see all of them in the few days I spent spent there. This is a female Pileated Gibbon (Hylobates pileatus), a species listed as Vulnerable by the IUCN.

The Pileated Gibbon has generally been thought to occur in Cambodia, Laos and Thailand. It has declined due to habitat loss and hunting for food and the pet market.

Physical characteristics: Pileated Gibbons have dense, woolly fur. Males are black, with a black face framed in white. Hands and feet are white. Females are silvery beige or ash blond, with a black face and chest. The top of females' head is also black. The body is slender and the small head is rounded. Very long arms have hook-like fingers for grasping branches. Thick skin pads line the rears for prolonged sitting. Males weigh 17 to 23 pounds (7.7 to 10.4 kilograms), and females about 14 to 19 pounds (6.3 to 8.6 kilograms). The average head and body length is 17.5 to 25 inches (44 to 63.5 centimetres). They live in monogamous pairs.

Habitat: Pileated gibbons prefer primary forests with well-developed canopies. They live in evergreen and semi-evergreen forests. They also occupy monsoon deciduous forests that have periods of heavy rainfall and dry spells, causing leaves to fall. Pileated Gibbon predominantly eats ripe fruits, supplemented with flowers, leaves, and insects. In this shot she's eating a handfull of figs.

Behaviour and reproduction: The family consists of an adult pair and up to four offspring. The gibbons are arboreal and diurnal. Upon waking, the mated pair sings a duet, in which the offspring may join. The family forages soon after. Gibbons are territorial, defending their home against outsiders. They mostly travel by brachiating, but sometimes walk on two feet or leap through wide forest gaps. The family almost never goes down to the forest floor. They sleep before sundown, sitting on tree branches.

Females give birth to an infant every two or three years. The mother is the principal caregiver. The young tend to stay with the parents until they are ready to start their own family at seven or eight years of age. However, the parents may try to expel them when they reach the age of five.

Reference: Gibbons: Hylobatidae - Pileated Gibbon (hylobates Pileatus): Species Accounts

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Great capture Chris!
It looks a little soft,but then it would, wouldn't it,being covered in all that fur and all.
Cheers & TFS

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2009-04-25 3:43]

Hi Chris,
An unusual composition ...
Was very cute pose.
Details and colors are very good.
Have a nice weekend,

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-04-25 5:46]

Hi Chris !
A very beautiful picture.
An excellent capture.
I like very much the colors and the presentation.
Also described is very good.
Have a nice weekend,

Ciao Chris, great captiure of this acrobatic chimp, wonfderful light and colors, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-04-25 16:09]

Hi Chris,another unusual guest for TN,and another very interesting specie.You manage very well the light to have a best result as possible.My best compliments,have a nice day,LUCIANO

Hi Chris,

This are an very good picture from this monkey in his natural habitat and pose.
Good of details and fine colours.


Hello Chris
Great capture of this Pileated Gibon,they are fast moving primates and it is not easy to get a sharp picture but You did it

PS : Sorry for being quiet on TN but I’m presently in Bruxelles / Belgium, my old mother being quite sick, at his stage I don’t know when I will be back home
Warmest regards

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2009-04-29 10:18]

Merhaba Chris,
Çok güzel yakalamışsın, göz teması çok hoş.
Güzel fotoğraf olmuş.

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