CAPPED LANGUR/Behaviour, Distribution, Habitat, Size, Weight, IUCN stetus


DESCRIPTION: The common forest langur of North-East India, the Capped Langur is currently believed to have four subspecies. This is based on varying belly colouration although this requires confirmation. A conspicuous cap of different coloured hair is a good identification for the species as a whole as is a greyish dorsal side and a long tail, darker in its distal end. The orange-bellied subspecies, T.p. durga, has a uniform slaty grey dorsal side with a deep orange underside. T.p. tenebricus, the Tenubrous Langur, has a cream belly in males and a cream tinged with orangish red in females and the nearly black, darkest forehead of all four races. T.p. brahma, or the Buff-bellied Langur, on the other hand, has a pale creamy tending to white belly and the lightest grey forehead. The fourth subspecies, T.p. pileatus, or the Blond-bellied Langur has a pale creamy golden belly in both sexes with a uniform dark dorsal coat. The insides of their thighs have a light cobalt blue colour that is deeper in males and all four have newborn that are creamy orange at birth.

BEHAVIOUR: They live exclusively on trees and seldom come down to the ground. The Capped Langur squeals and has a guttural bark.

DISTRIBUTION: T.p. durga has the widest distribution in highlands south and east of River Brahmaputra including Meghalaya,
Assam, Nagaland, Tripura and parts of Arunachal Pradesh. T.p. pileatus is found in central and upper Assam and Nagaland lowlands almost along with T.p. durga from which it is separated by altitude. T.p. brahma is restricted to the highlands of Arunachal Pradesh, north of River Brahmaputra and T.p. tenebricus to Assam, north of River Brahmaputra and
Bhutan from Manas in the west to Nameri in the east.

HABITAT: Dense deciduous, bamboo and evergreen forest.

Size: 45–70 cm

Wt:10-12 kg

IUCN Status: Endangered


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