Black-Capped Capuchin

The Black-Capped Capuchin (Sapajus apella) is an arboreal (tree) primate, that is also called the Tufted Capuchin. It is from the rainforests of South America. It was previously classified as Cebus apella, but it was changed in 2011.

It has dark brown-grey, rough fur, and a long thick tail. It has black hands and feet.

The cap or tuft is a bunch of hair on its forehead that looks like a wig or a hat.

It can grow to 57 centimetres (22 inches).

It is omnivorous, feeding on everything from fruit to small animals. They are diurnal, so they feed during the day.

The Black-Capped Capuchin is a social monkey, forming groups of 8-15 individuals. However, some prefer to be solitary.

Females are pregnant for 180 days, before giving birth on one baby.

Their main predators are large birds of prey, such as eagles and vultures.

They live for 35-45 years.

Black-Capped Capuchin

Black-Capped Capuchin

Black-Capped Capuchin

Black-Capped Capuchin




Photographer: Martina Nicolls




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