Capped Langur

Kingdom Order Family Genus Species
Animalia Primates Cercopithecidae Trachypithecus Trachypithecus pileatus
Capped Langur
IUCN Status: Vulnerable
  • Common Name: Capped Langur
  • Taxonomy Classification Year: 1843
  • Monkey Size: 62 to 56 cm (22 to 24.4 in)
  • Skin Color(s): Gray, brown, or black
  • Habitat: Forests
  • Diet: Herbivorous
  • Native Countries: Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Myanmar

Capped Langur Distribution

Capped Langur Characteristics

Capped Langur

The capped langur[1] is a type of monkey in the Cercopithecidae family.

  • These langurs can vary in appearance. This Asian primate gets its name from the thick hairs on the top of the head, typically gray or black.
  • Its back is typically draped in black, brown, or gray fur. In addition, capped langur’s belly can range from pale yellow to dark orange.
  • As with most langurs, babies have a very different coloration than adults, although the differences between capped langurs are less dramatic than their relatives.
  • Adult capped langurs have black skin while babies have pink skin.

What Eats Capped Langurs?

What eats capped langurs? (Tigers)

Two main predators for Capped langurs are Leopards (Panthera pardus) and Tigers (Panthera tigris)[§].

Capped Langur Facts

Trachypithecus Pileatus

  • Capped langurs are naturally very arboreal, even to the point that they get most of their water from leaves and hollows in the forks of trees.
  • Although they are primarily silent while feeding, individuals occasionally emit a “nouk” sound when an individual loses contact with the primary group.
  • The average group of capped langurs comprises around 9 individuals with a single dominant male, a few adult females, and their young.
  • Groups of langurs feed in the early morning and late afternoon, with midday used primarily for traveling and resting.
  • Dominant males are much more protective of their mating partners and their young than their food sources.

Suggested Reading: All The Monkeys

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Key References
  • [1]“Trachypithecus pileatus (Blyth, 1843) | Species”. Accessed August 21, 2022. Link.
  • [§] – Middleton, O.S, Svensson, H, Scharlemann, J.P.W, Faurby, S, Sandom, C.J. CarniDIET 1.0: A database of terrestrial carnivorous mammal diets. Global Ecology and Biogeography. https://doi.org/10.1111/geb.13296. Craig, Christie A., Eleanor I. Brassine, and Daniel M. Parker. “A record of cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) diet in the Northern Tuli Game Reserve, Botswana.” African Journal of Ecology 55.4 (2017): 697-700.

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