Monkey see, monkey do
This is a portrait of a gray langur.
Gray langurs are large and fairly terrestrial, inhabiting open wooded habitats and urban areas on the Indian subcontinent.
Until recently they were considered one species, Semnopithecus entellus; now seven distinct species are recognized.
When only one species was recognized, it was also called the Hanuman Langur (named after the Hindu vanara divinity Hanuman), the Common Langur and the Entellus Langur.
They are largely gray, with a black face. In Indian mythology, this is because Hanuman, a monkey warrior, burnt his hands and face trying to rescue Lord Rama’s wife. Males are up to 75 cm long, and females 65 cm.
Gray langurs feed on leaves, fruit, buds and flowers.
Their diet, however, is highly seasonable, with mature leaves being eaten only as a fall-back food during the winter months.
In the summer, especially before the monsoon season, they are highly frugivorous.
They also supplement their diet with insects (up to 25% in some months), tree bark and gum.
I saw many in Rajasthan and in the Himalayan hills, they look very cute and they try all their charms in order to get sweets or fruits, but they are very naughty…However I love to play with them.
I shot this one in Chittorgarh, each time I go there it reminds me “The Bandar log” in Kipling’s “Jungle book”…