Bearded Capuchin

Kingdom Order Family Genus Species
Animalia Primates Cebidae Sapajus Sapajus libidinosus
Bearded Capuchin
IUCN Status: Nearly-Threatened
  • Common Name: Bearded Capuchin
  • Taxonomy Classification Year: 1823
  • Monkey Size: 37 to 37 cm (14.6 to 14.6 inches)
  • Skin Color(s): Golden-yellow, dark-brown
  • Habitat: Forests and savannahs
  • Diet: Omnivorous
  • Native Countries: Brazil

Bearded Capuchin Distribution

Bearded Capuchin Characteristics

Bearded Capuchin

The bearded capuchin[1], also called the black-striped capuchin, is a New World monkey in the Cebidae family. They are found in central and northern Brazil.

  • At first glance, bearded capuchins look very similar to other stocky capuchin species of the genus Sapajus.
  • They have a mixed coat that ranges from golden-yellow to dark brown, with darker hair on the head, tail, and around the legs and arms.
  • When they reach sexual maturity, they develop 2 small black tufts of hair on top of their heads and have dark “sideburns” on the sides of their faces.
  • Their faces vary in darkness, but they have lighter hair around the lower face and mouth, which is why they are referred to as “bearded capuchins“.
  • Also, they have powerful prehensile tails that they can hang and use for balance.

Bearded Capuchin Facts

Sapajus Libidinosus

  • Until recently, the bearded capuchins were considered a subspecies of Tufted Capuchins. However, with additional research and knowledge, many consider them their own species.
  • They are one of the few primate species to exhibit nutcracker behavior.
  • When females want to mate with a male, they follow him and throw stones at him.
  • Unlike other capuchin species, they are not found in the Amazon rainforest.
  • Bearded Capuchins tend to live in mixed groups. Generally, groups contain more females than males, sometimes with a ratio of about two females to one male.

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Key References
  • [1]“Wild Bearded Capuchin Monkeys (Sapajus libidinosus) Strategically Place Nuts in a Stable Position during Nut-Cracking | PLOS ONE”. Accessed August 04, 2022. Link.

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