Black Capuchin

Kingdom Order Family Genus Species
Animalia Primates Cebidae Sapajus Sapajus nigritus
Black capuchin
IUCN Status: Nearly-Threatened
  • Common Name: Black capuchin
  • Taxonomy Classification Year: 1809
  • Monkey Size: 32 to 55 cm (12.60 to 21.65 inches)
  • Skin Color(s): Black
  • Habitat: Rainforest, forest
  • Diet: Omnivorous
  • Native Countries: Brazil, Argentina

Black capuchin Distribution

Black Capuchin Characteristics

Black Capuchin

The black capuchin[1], also called the black-horned capuchin, is a capuchin monkey native to the Atlantic rainforest of southeastern Brazil and extreme northeastern Argentina.

  • The black capuchin gets its name from two distinct patches of black fur on its head.
  • The fur on its back is black and dark brown, while its belly is lighter.
  • On the face, this species has white pelage around the cheeks with black fur on the sides of the face.
  • Like all capuchin species, Sapajus nigritus has a prehensile tail for grasping twigs and branches and navigating through the forest.

Black Capuchin Facts

Sapajus Nigritus

  • The black capuchin was originally called Cebus nigritus or Cebus apella nigritus. Although this has changed, many sources still name the black capuchin as part of the Cebus genus.
  • This social animal likes to live in groups, typically between 6 and 20 members, and is hierarchical.
  • Black capuchins are color blind, but this enables them to overcome the hassle of finding camouflaged insects and other defensive tactics prey use, such as mimicry.
  • This species can use tools and hands to shell fruit and access sheltered, shelled nuts.
  • In captivity, the black-horned capuchin’s average lifespan varies between 40 and 50 years. In the wild, the average lifespan of a black capuchin is about 30 years.

Suggested Reading: All The Monkeys

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Key References
  • [1]“Monkey, Capuchin – Wildlife Waystation”. Accessed August 04, 2022. Link.


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