CREATURE FEATURE: Guianan Brown Capuchin

The Guianan Brown Capuchin (Sapajus apella apella) is an arboreal (tree) primate in the Cebidae family of monkeys. It is also known as the Brown Capuchin, the Guianan Black-Capped Capuchin, and the Pin Monkey.

The Guianan Brown Capuchin 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 has a prehensile tail that is strong and able to grasp branches.

Guianan Brown Capuchin

It can grow to 50 centimetres (20 inches). Its tail measures 38-56 centimetres (15-22 inches).

It is from the rainforests of South America, specifically in the Guyanas.

The Guianan Brown Capuchin is omnivorous, feeding on fruit to small animals, such as lizards. It is diurnal, so it is active during the day. It searches for food on the ground (not in trees). Its main predators are large birds of prey, such as eagles and vultures. 

The Guianan Brown Capuchin is a social monkey, forming groups of 8-15 individuals. The group is led by a dominant male, called the alpha male.

The female is pregnant for about 150 days before giving birth to one live young.

It lives for about 40 years.

Guianan Brown Capuchin
Guianan Brown Capuchin
Guianan Brown Capuchin
Guianan Brown Capuchin
Guianan Brown Capuchin

Location of photograph: Parc Zoologique de Paris in Bois de Vincennes, France

Photographer: Martina Nicolls


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