Black Shanked Douc Langur

Kingdom Order Family Genus Species
Animalia Primates Cercopithecidae Pygathrix Pygathrix nigripes
IUCN Status: Critically-Endangered
  • Common Name: Black-shanked Douc
  • Taxonomy Classification Year: 1871
  • Monkey Size: 55 to 63 cm (21 to 25 in)
  • Skin Color(s): Light gray
  • Habitat: Rainforest
  • Diet: Herbivorous
  • Native Countries: Cambodia, Vietnam

Black-shanked Douc Distribution

Black-Shanked Douc Langur Characteristics

One of three species of Douc langur (the gray-footed and the red-footed are the other two), the black-shanked douc langur[1] is only found in southwestern Vietnam and eastern Cambodia, inhabiting primary monsoon forests as well as secondary and tropical forests.

  • Like the gray-footed and red-footed douc langurs, nature has given the black-shanked douc langur a distinctive appearance and an almost odd beauty.
  • Dark almond-shaped eyes and a heart-shaped hairless face characterize them.
  • But rather than a golden face like that of the red- and gray-footed douc, nature used a different brush to paint the face of the black-shanked douc langur, painting it blue-gray and drawing yellow rings around the eyes.
  • Long white whiskers frame their face and tickle their chin. Their feet and hands are black.

Black-Shanked Douc Langur Facts

  • Active during the day, black-shanked douc langurs are diurnal. Black-shanked douc langurs spend most of their time in the forest canopy (which makes them arboreal).
  • Like other douc langurs, these species leap from one branch to another, pushing off with their legs and landing feet-first on the next branch.
  • They live in groups of multiple males and females, with females exceeding males. The group size is affected by human disturbances such as hunting and a habitat’s food sources.
  • Black-shanked douc langurs are very social primates. They travel together, play together, and care for one another.
  • When one foraging party encounters another during their travels, opposing males threaten each other by slapping their thighs with their hands.

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Key References
  • [1]“THE ECOLOGY AND CONSERVATION OF BLACK-SHANKED DOUCS”. Accessed December 03, 2022. Link.

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