The Black-Capped Capuchin (Sapajus apella) is an arboreal (tree) primate in the Cebidae family. It 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. It is diurnal, feeding during the day. Its main predators are large birds of prey, such as eagles and vultures.
The Black-Capped Capuchin is a social monkey, forming groups of 8-15 individuals. However, some prefer to be solitary.
The female is pregnant for 180 days, before giving birth to one baby.
It lives for 35-45 years.
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
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