CREATURE FEATURE: Sykes’ Blue Monkey

The Sykes’ Blue Monkey (Cercopithecus mitis albogularis) is also called the Sykes’ Monkey. It is native to eastern Kenya in Africa.

The Blue Monkey does not look blue, but its face has a blue tinge. It is grey or dark-grey with white ears and a white collar. It has brown-orange eyes, black feet, and black legs.

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Blue Monkey

The Sykes’ Blue Monkey can grow to about 60 centimetres (24 inches). Its tail is very long at 55-109 centimetres (22-44 inches).

The Blue Monkey is found in forests, including bamboo forests, living mainly in tall trees. It is mainly a frugivore, eating fruit, but it will also eat insects, flowers, and leaves.

It lives in groups of about 20, with one male and many females. Females give birth every two years. They are pregnant for about five months, before giving birth to a young monkey, complete with fur and their eyes open. Young monkeys are cared for by several mothers, which is called allomothering.

Blue Monkey

Blue Monkey

Blue Monkey

Blue Monkey

Blue Monkey

Blue Monkey

Blue Monkey

Blue Monkey

Blue Monkey

Blue Monkey

Blue Monkey

 

 

Photographer: Martina Nicolls

Martina Nicolls: SIMILAR BUT DIFFERENT IN THE ANIMAL KINGDOM

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