Assam Macaque

Kingdom Order Family Genus Species
Animalia Primates Cercopithecidae Macaca Macaca assamensis
Assam Macaque
IUCN Status: Nearly-Threatened
  • Common Name: Assam Macaque
  • Taxonomy Classification Year: 1840
  • Monkey Size: 51 to 73.5 cm (20.1 to 28.9 in)
  • Skin Color(s): Yellowish-grey and dark brown
  • Habitat: Forests, mountains
  • Diet: Omnivorous
  • Native Countries: Vietnam, Nepal, India, Myanmar, Thailand

Assam Macaque Distribution

Assam Macaque Characteristics

Assam Macaque

The Assam macaque[1], also known as Assamese macaque, is a macaque of the Old-World monkey family endemic to South and Southeast Asia. Assam is another state in India.

  • Adults have red skin that can give their hairless faces a purplish tint. Assamese monkeys have amber or light green eyes.
  • Their coat can be any combination of gold, red, light gray, or dark brown. They sometimes have white fur on their bellies and bibs.
  • Some appear to have their hair parted down the middle. They have more expressive facial expressions than many movie stars.

Assam Macaque Facts

Macaca Assamensis

  • Eating everything from fruits to 55 types of flowers, leaves, seeds, and bark, these macaque monkeys adapt their diet to suit their habitat.
  • Like other macaque species, Assam macaques have cheek pouches that they use to store food later, allowing them to fit much more in their mouths than they can eat at a time.
  • These Assam monkeys are mainly arboreal and spend most of their time in trees, but can also walk on the ground on all fours (four-legged) if necessary.
  • All macaques are matrilineal, meaning the hierarchy is premised on a female-determined family structure that exists through generations.
  • Like all macaques, the Assam macaque has various call types. They have vocal calls identified within-species, out-of-species, when babies are weaned, and when angry, playful, or in a rainbow of emotions.

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Key References
  • [1]“Assam Macaque | New England Primate Conservancy”. Accessed August 01, 2022. Link.

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