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Nilgiri Marten

Latin Name Martes gwatkinsii
Conservation Status Vulnerable
Location South Asia
Colour Brown
Length 55 - 65 cm (21.7 - 25.6 inches)
Tail 40 - 45 cm (15.7 - 17.7 inches)
Weight 2.1 Kgs (4.6 lbs)
Life Expectancy


Main Characteristics

Nilgiri Martens are the only species of marten to be found in India. They have a body length between 55 and 65 cms (21.7 - 25.6 inches), a tail length between 40 and 45 cms (15.7 - 17.7 inches) and they weigh approximately 2.1 kgs (4.6 lbs).

They are brown in colour with a yellow or orange throat patch. They are similar in appearance to the yellow-throated marten.

They are active during the day and are mainly arboreal, although they do descend to the ground occasionally.


Nilgiri Martens can be found in the hills of Nilgiris and parts of the Western Ghats in southern India.


Nilgiri Martens feed on birds, small mammals, and insects, such as cicadas.


There are no subspecies of the Nilgiri Marten.

Interesting Facts

Little is known about the behaviour of Nilgiri Martens.

Similar Animals

Beech Marten
European Pine Marten
American Marten
Japanese Marten
Yellow-Throated Marten


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