Gray Langur: Information and pictures of the Indian monkey and a cute baby monkey

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The biological name of the Indian monkey is Gray Langur, Langur, Langoor or Hanuman Langoor. Princesswithapen has lived as a multi country living experience as an expat and a resident, one of which is India where the writer met the cute Langur. Here is a writer's take on facts and compiled information about the Indian monkey aka Bandar, as the locals say it. This article also features some of Princesswithapen's very own pictures of monkeys including that of an uber cute baby monkey.

Gray Langurs: A writer's take on Gray Langurs and how they behave

  • Gray Langurs are old world monkeys. Old World Monkeys refer to a superfamily of primates. A superfamily is the highest Taxonomic rank given to a particular species. In plain English, Gray Langurs are at the top of the hierarchy when we talk about these primates. So yes, they've been around for a long time and may very well have seen us take shape.
  • Gray Langurs are not endangered. In fact, they are widely spread across South Asia including India, Nepal, Pakistan, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, etc.

Gray Langur
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  • Gray Langurs are survivors – They can survive rain forests, towns, cities, residential areas, desert climate, scrubbed region, grasslands and even in some parts of the snowy the Himalayan region. One mean and rugged monkey species, don't you think?
  • While Gray Langurs are not too big, they are terrific when it comes to mobility. They will hop branches within seconds and will leap from one tree to another, one building to another as it jumping around was like a walk in the park. They will effortlessly climb trees and scale over walls of building if they live near human settlement. They generally walk on all fours and can pack quite a punch when it comes to suddenly sprinting away and hopping off. These monkeys are known to leap in excess of 35 feet while descending!

Gray Langur - Doing what he does best. These monkeys often tend to find the highest points on tree tops and much away on leaves while they watch on what every else is upto.
Gray Langur - Doing what he does best. These monkeys often tend to find the highest points on tree tops and much away on leaves while they watch on what every else is upto. | Source
  • It is not uncommon to find Gray Langurs in and around human settlement, especially in India. They are pretty used to having human beings around them and some may not even blink an eyelid if you walk by. The flip side to this sort of amalgamation of human and monkey habitat area is that these monkeys are known to get violent if provoked. Then again, who wouldn't? When provoked, these Langoors snarl and show their menacing teeth in utter defiance despite being an inferior species! To be fair, these monkeys are not known to attack if unprovoked.
  • When travelling in groups, the Gray Langurs like many other monkey species will groom each other. Their grooming sessions are long, elaborate and uber cute. Mothers and group members will also protect the newborn and the babies in the group. An infant monkey will generally cling to its mothers body and venture off alone only when it is physically capable of doing so.

The Indian monkey - Pondering about life and much more.
The Indian monkey - Pondering about life and much more. | Source
  • These monkeys generally sleep on trees. Princesswithapen noted that the Gray Langurs liked to be perched on the highest possible vantage points on trees while they munch on leaves and look at the world going around. On a very non-biological note, these monkeys are generally very chilled out and seem to be perennially hungry. Read on.
  • Gray Langurs are known to be a herbivorous species. They will eat leaves, cones, roots, flowers, buds, grasses and a lot more. Princesswithapen has noted that monkeys accustomed to human settlement may also eat food handed out to them. The monkeys in India living near human settlements will climb over walls and fences to devour flowers, fruits and other many other household food items that they can manage to get their hands on. In fact, members of one household told Princesswithapen stories about how they have to deliberately keep the windows of their home shut so that the monkeys don't come and steal the fruits. One hungry little bugger!

Just chillin and enjoying the breeze of the Indian summer.
Just chillin and enjoying the breeze of the Indian summer. | Source
  • Gray Langurs are known to make a whoop whoop sound. Their whoops are low toned and heavy. When agitated, these monkeys let out a snarl and carry an expression on their faces which is much similar to that of an angry human being. When angry, Langurs frown and show their teeth in menacing disapproval of your presence. That snarl sounds like a cheeky grunt and If you hear a monkey snarling at you, don't agitate it. "Just walk away without provoking it further" is what locals will tell you.
  • In many places in India and around the world, the monkeys are worshiped as they are considered to be avatars of Hanuman, a Hindu deity.

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Baby monkey doing what it does best - Running around and making a mess of everything it touches.
Baby monkey doing what it does best - Running around and making a mess of everything it touches. | Source

Cute baby monkey pictures

While most of us would have seen pictures or videos of monkeys and langurs on the internet and on TV channels like National Geographic and Discovery, not everyone may have seen pictures of an infant monkey. This cute little guy was spotted sitting in his mother's lap. The mother and the baby vanished in just a few minutes. Before going away, the baby monkey even flipped the finger. No kidding, scroll down to the end to see the picture of the cute baby monkey showing the birdie. Talk about manners!

The baby monkey is clinging to its mother.
The baby monkey is clinging to its mother. | Source
First peek of the baby monkey as it looks down to see some apparent disturbance caused by the other monkeys in the group.
First peek of the baby monkey as it looks down to see some apparent disturbance caused by the other monkeys in the group. | Source
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Baby monkey flippin the birdie

The picture says it all
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AliciaC 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

I love the photographs, princesswithapen - especially the first one! The baby is certainly cute, but the langur in the first photo looks so relaxed and at ease, like he or she has every right to be sitting on the fence. I love the pose! Thanks for sharing the interesting information and the great photographs.

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