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


DESCRIPTION: Arguably the most beautiful Indian monkey, the Golden Langur has deep cream to off-white fur in the non breeding season and golden orange or deep golden fur in the breeding season. Its face, palms and soles are black and it sports long, golden cheek whiskers and a
golden cap to match. This langur has a distinctive long, tasselled tail. Females are
more golden and have more orange on their hindquarters. Infants are orange–
brown with pink faces, palms and soles, which turn into adult colouration in three
months. Discovered in 1956, it has been the flag bearer of langurs in India ever
since. It can easily be told apart from all four subspecies of the Capped Langur by
the fact that its cap and body are both golden whereas in the Capped Langur the
cap colour differs from the body colour.

BEHAVIOUR: It is diurnal and selects specific tall trees near food sources to
sleep at night.

DISTRIBUTION: Between the rivers Manas and Sankosh, in Kokrajhar, Bongaigaon and Dhubri districts of Assam.

HABITAT: Subtropical moist deciduous and moist, riverine evergreen forest.

Size: 49–72 cm

Wt:9-10.9 kg

IUCN Status: Endangered


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