The feathertail, (Acrobates pygmaeus), is the smallest marsupial glider, weighing only 10
to 14 grams. Its fur is grey-brown with a white underbelly. Its tail
is fringed with fine, stiff hair resembling a feather hence
Feathertails live in woodland areas nesting in tree hollows. They are gregarious, living in groups of 10 - 25 individuals. To improve energy conservation through the winters, they huddle together in groups with other species of gliders.
The feathertail has a membrane running from its elbow to its knee, which stretches out when the animal jumps allowing it to glide for up to 50 meters. It often spirals from high in the tree canopy towards the ground like a falling leaf before settling on a flowering shrub.
Feathertails spend most of their time in the upper most tree canopies, feeding on nectar, manna, sugary sap and invertebrates. They sip nectar from flower capsules with their brush-tipped tongues.
Feathertails breed from July to January producing litters of 2 -4 offspring. they commonly produce two litters a year. They are not believed to be endangered but their habitats are being reduced by logging.
Feathertail or pygmy glider