The Northern Plains Langur (Semnopithecus entellus) is a species of grey langur found mainly in the central portions of India. It is one of the most widespread langur species of India and is frequently found living in human settlements. It is one of the eight grey langur species found in India.
|The forward bending tail of a Northern Plains Langur|
Distribution and Habitat
|Northern Plains Langurs are common in human settlements|
Behavior and Reproduction
|Langurs grooming each other|
Northern Plains Langurs are mainly herbivores. They feed on fruits, roots, shoots, bamboos, leaves and shrubs. They have also adapted to human food and a often fed by people. Agricultural lands are frequently invaded by these langurs for feeding purposes.
Conservation and Threats
Northern Plains Langurs are rated as Least Concern by the IUCN, indicating that they are not at the risk of extinction. Indian laws prohibit killing of these langurs. They are considered sacred by Hindus and are looked upon as 'Hanuman', the monkey god in Hindu mythology. Since they are not as notorious as the rhesus macaque, they are not considered as pests. Many langurs are killed every year due to road accidents. They are also threatened with habitat destruction, forest fires and mining. Habitat fragmentation has caused them to find shelter in human settlements.