Caquetá Titi

Kingdom Order Family Genus Species
Animalia Primates Pitheciidae Plecturocebus Plecturocebus caquetensis
IUCN Status: Critically-Endangered
  • Common Name: Caquetá Titi
  • Taxonomy Classification Year: 2010
  • Monkey Size: 29 to 45 cm (11.5 to 18 in)
  • Skin Color(s): Brown or red
  • Habitat: Forests
  • Diet: Omnivorous
  • Native Countries: Colombia

Caquetá Titi Distribution

Caquetá Titi Characteristics

The caquetá titi[1] also called the bushy-bearded titi or red-bearded titi, is a species of titi monkey native to Colombia in the Caquetá region.

  • A titi monkey species that purrs like a cat and looks like a pixie“, is how an enthusiastic online media outlet announced the debut of this small New World primate.
  • In fact, the Caquetá titi shares some similarities with the whimsical leprechaun of Irish folklore: both are elusive and wee-size, and both sport red beards.
  • As with some other species of titi monkeys, the small but stocky bodies of Caquetá titi monkeys are encased in dense, soft, long fur coats that are tan or reddish in color and can be tinged with black.
  • These Colombian primates’ underparts are burnt orange or brown, and the crowns of their rounded heads are mottled with black, orange, or tan hairs. Their long, thick, bushy tails are a mottled gray.

Caquetá Titi Facts

  • Unlike other closely-linked species of titi monkeys, whose foreheads are marked with a white bar, Caquetá titi monkeys have gray hair on their foreheads.
  • Dr.Marta Bueno, Thomas Defler, and their student Javier García of the National University of Colombia are credited with the 2008 discovery of the Caquetá-Titi monkey.
  • Their powerful hind legs allow them to leap incredible distances between trees while holding onto branches with their hands.
  • At rest, titi monkeys sit hunched with all four limbs bent and hands clasped.
  • At bedtime, titi monkeys sleep curled up in carefully selected trees that provide shelter from predators.

Suggested Reading: Kinds of Monkeys

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Key References
  • [1]“Plecturocebus caquetensis (Primates: Pitheciidae)”. Accessed December 12, 2022. Link.

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