- Common Name: Bald Uacari
- Taxonomy Classification Year: 1847
- Monkey Size: 36 to 57 cm (14.17 to 22.44 inches)
- Skin Color(s): Orange, brown, red
- Habitat: Rainforest
- Diet: Herbivorous (frugivorous)
- Native Countries: Brazil, Peru, Colombia
Bald Uacari Distribution
Bald Uakari Characteristics
The bald uakari is an Amazon primate with special traits: it has a glossy red bald face, a short tail, and reddish fur. This monkey is highly specialized and is mainly found in palm habitats.
- The species are most easily recognized by its bald head and red face, from which it takes its name.
- Some people compare them to babies and older people because of their baldness; it is undeniable that these species are of outstanding beauty.
- Another notable feature that characterizes the bald uakaris is their prominent short tail, only about 52 cm long.
- They do not use their tails to move between trees; they depend on their legs, arms, and long hairy toes and fingers. Their fur coats are long and cover their entire bodies.
Bald Uakari Facts
- The conspicuous crimson color is caused by blood flow under the skin, specifically, a thinner epidermis with a higher concentration of capillaries on the face.
- A 2016 study found that the bald uakari has a highly polymorphic color vision. Researchers believe this helps them when foraging when they need to be able to tell the colors of food against a background of leaves.
- Females tend to reach sexual maturity at three years of age before males become sexually mature at six.
- The species is an herbivore but is so dependent on fruit for food that some might more accurately classify the species as a frugivore.
- The troop is significant, often up to 100 monkeys, but more commonly around 30. The largest troop divides into small groups for feeding, with each sub-group containing up to 10 monkeys.
Suggested Reading: Big Monkey Types
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