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Tufted Capuchin
Cebus apella

Habitat: Rainforest canopy

Range: Central and South America

Natural Diet: Fruits, leaves, bark, insects, birds, small mammals

Status In The Wild: Common (Least Concern)

Fun Animal Facts

Also known as the Brown Capuchin, these monkeys are brownish-grey with a lighter colored underbelly. They have a black head, hands and feet. They have a long tail that they use to grasp tree branches. They are active during the day and rest at night. Brown capuchins spend most of their time in the upper reaches of tree canopies. They are a social species living in groups consisting of several males and females. Females give birth to one or two infants in a litter.

Conservation: Habitat loss and fragmentation have affected wild population numbers of this species. Tufted Capuchins are also captured from the wild for pet trade which is considered a threat to their free-ranging populations.

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Tufted capuchins are brownish black in color (Photo courtesy: Scott Findley Photography)





Distributional range in South America (Photo courtesy: Wikimedia Commons)