Northern Palm Squirrel Funambulus pennantii

Northern Palm Squirrel
Northern Palm Squirrel
The Northern Palm Squirrel is native to much of India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh and Iran. It is common in urban and wooded areas. Thanks to Dr Harsha Vardhan Reddy for the photos above.
Northern Palm Squirrel Photo from Dr Harshan Vardhan Reddy.
Northern Palm Squirrel Photo of and from Sanjay at the Taj Mahal.
Northern Palm Squirrels Photo from Sanjay at the Taj Mahal.
It is also called the 5-lined Palm Squirrel to distinguish it from the similar Indian Palm Squirrel which is also called the 3-lined. It has an extra off-white line on each flank which can sometimes be difficult to see. It also has a light line above and below each eye stretching to the ear, unlike the southern Indian which has a plainer face.
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Indian Palm Squirrel Funambulus palmarum

Indian Palm Squirrel
Indian Palm Squirrel
The Indian Palm Squirrel is native to the far south of India and Sri Lanka. Thanks again to Dr Harsha Vardhan Reddy for the photo above. It is also called the 3-lined Palm Squirrel and the lines with lack of an extra pale area on the flank can be seen. Less clear, however, is the plain face. Some Indian Palm Squirrels have a very faint facial line, not as clear as the two pale lines from ear to eye on the Northern species. Since their range overlaps in the south of the country (well in to southern Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh), there may be slight hybridism in the genes. The one shown, however, has clear facial lines and may be a hybrid?