The sociable and vocal yellow-bellied glider (Petaurus australis) is the largest member of its family and renowned for its gurgling shrieks. Adult yellow-bellied gliders can weigh up to 700 grams and their large bushy tail sometimes measures 45 centimetres. Throughout NSW, the glider is considered as vulnerable (endangered animal).
Yellow-bellied glider habitat
The yellow-bellied glider is found along the east coast of Australia to the western slopes of the Great Dividing Range, from southern Queensland to Victoria in tall, mature eucalypt forests that are high in rainfall and rich soils.
The yellow-bellied glider feeds primarily on nectar, sap, honeydew and manna, pollen and insects. Dens in the hollows of large trees are shared by family groups.
Threats to the Yellow-bellied glider
The main threats to the yellow-bellied glider include the loss and fragmentation of its habitat, and the loss of hollow-bearing trees (den sites) and food trees.
Solutions – What can be done?
Retaining and protecting mature or old-growth forests that contain hollow-bearing trees and sap-feeding trees is vitally important to the survival of the yellow-bellied glider. Looking after those trees that will become future hollow-bearing trees and maintaining connectivity between patches of glider habitat is equally important.
The Nature Conservation Trust’s conservation work on private lands is helping to protect habitat for the yellow-bellied glider.