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Primarily folivores (from Mittermeier et al. 2010; Mittermeier et al. 2013)
- Leaves compose the majority of the diet
- Also consume flowers, fruit, bark, and dead wood
- Diverse diet
- Feed on nearly 100 different plant species
Principal plants consumed (from Richard 1974)
- Drypetes sp.
- Cedrelopsis sp.
- Capurodendron microlobum
- Commiphora pervilleana
- Combretum sp.
- Protorhus deflexa
Incidentally consume insects (Richard 1974)
Seasonally variable diet (from Mittermeier et al. 2010; Richard 1978)
- Wet season
- Young leaves, flower, fruit, bark, and dead wood
- Dry season
Food acquisition (from Richard 1978)
- Secure most food with teeth
- Gouge bark and dead wood with toothcomb
- Molars and premolars tear off pieces
- Hands bring branches within reach of the mouth
- Body postures
- Sit on or cling (vertically) to tree branches; most common feeding posture
- Hang from branches with various combinations of fore- and hindlimbs
- Dangle from all four limbs
- Suspend upside down by the hindfeet
- Lie, "spread-eagle" over a network of fine twigs
Consume food where found, most often (Richard 1978)
- Rarely carry food; observed following theft attempt
Uncommonly forage on the ground (Richard 1978)
Most foods are consumed where they are found.
Sifaka often sit on or dangle from tree branches while having a meal.
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Mittermeier et al. (2010)
Mittermeier et al. (2013)
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