Year: 2017, Issue: December

Some behavioural studies of rhesus monkey in Satna district of M.P.

Author:

Chetna Sharma and Shivesh Pratap Singh

Keyword:

Behavioural study, Social interaction, Rhesus monkey

Rhesus monkey is one of the more aggressive macaques. The social interaction, grooming, play behaviour, feeding behaviour and reproductive behaviour are the common features of the rhesus monkeys. In villages and provisioned areas rhesus frequently come in contact with human beings. Rhesus troops are also live with hanuman langurs (Presbytis entellus) in hill and provisioned area of Babupur and Kardmeshwer dham of Satna district of M.P. During feeding behavior, a number of domestic animals i.e. cow, goat, buffalo, dog, pig etc. are also associated with habitat of rhesus monkeys around Babupur Kaniyari and Kardmeshwer dham. Grooming is the common behaviour of primates. Self grooming and mutual grooming in monkeys were observed in all sex and age. Reproductive behaviour was considerably bearing on social life. The adult rhesus is sexually receptive approximately at 3.5 years old. Play behaviour of juvenile and sub adult rhesus monkeys was also observed during present study.

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