Black Bearded Saki

Kingdom Order Family Genus Species
Animalia Primates Pitheciidae Chiropotes Chiropotes satanas
Black Bearded Saki
IUCN Status: Endangered
  • Common Name: Black Bearded Saki
  • Taxonomy Classification Year: 1807
  • Monkey Size: 32.7 to 48 cm (12.87 to 18.90 inches)
  • Skin Color(s): Black
  • Habitat: rainforests
  • Diet: Omnivorous
  • Native Countries: Brazil

Black Bearded Saki Distribution

Black Bearded Saki Characteristics

Black Bearded Saki

The black-bearded saki[1] is a species of bearded saki, a species of New World monkey, one of the five remaining monkeys of its kind.

  • Black-bearded sakis are predominantly black in color, although some individuals have a browner coat.
  • Males and females are usually distinguished by two rounded bulbs protruding from their foreheads.
  • Another striking feature is its signature beards.
  • The forehead and beard give them a nice rounded heart-shaped profile. They have somewhat lean bodies but are defined and covered with an even coat.
  • From a distance, their conspicuous proportions and long, bushy tails make it difficult to see the head from behind.
  • Black-bearded sakis possess shorter front legs than back legs and small, not fully opposable thumbs – traits perfect for running through the treetops.

Black Bearded Saki Facts

Chiropotes Satanas

  • Black-bearded sakis are popularly known in Brazil as cuxiú, a term long-used by the indigenous population to describe this particular monkey species.
  • This species prefers primary rainforest, where lush tree canopies provide a relatively safe area out of sight and out of reach of several predators.
  • The term Chiropotes means “hand drinker“, a behavior once unique to this genus, but that’s no longer the case.
  • Black-bearded saki consumes one of the highest monthly percentages of seeds of any primate.
  • In the wild, young black-bearded sakis have been observed playing with howler monkeys.

Suggested Reading: World Monkeys

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Key References
  • [1]“Bearded saki – Wisconsin National Primate Research Center – UW–Madison”. Accessed August 04, 2022. Link.


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