Collared Mangabey

Kingdom Order Family Genus Species
Animalia Primates Cercopithecidae Cercocebus Cercocebus torquatus
Collared Mangabey
IUCN Status: Endangered
  • Common Name: Collared Mangabey
  • Taxonomy Classification Year: 1792
  • Monkey Size: 45 to 67 cm (18 to 26 in)
  • Skin Color(s): Gray
  • Habitat: Forests
  • Diet: Omnivorous
  • Native Countries: Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Nigeria

Collared Mangabey Distribution

Collared Mangabey Characteristics

Collared Mangabey

The collared mangabey[1], also called the white-collared mangabey or red-capped mangabey, is an Old-World monkey endemic to the Atlantic coast of central and west Africa.

  • The red-capped mangabey is perhaps one of nature’s most “professional” or distinguished primates.
  • A cap of tufted maroon fur rests on the head; dark, protruding ears on either side of the head; lush tufts of white fur grow on the primate’s cheeks; and a broad white fur collar covers the chest to the shoulders.
  • Perfectly made-up white eyelids bring out the monkey’s brown eyes and contrast dramatically with an elongated black snout.
  • Tiny white hairs adorn the underside of the chin. Slate gray fur drapes the body of the red-haired mangabey, and the primate’s underside is lighter.
  • Feet and hands are dark; the tail is also dark with a white tip.

What Eats Collared Mangabeys?

In the wild, Collared Mangabeys are predated by Leopards (Panthera pardus)[§].

Collared Mangabey Facts

Cercocebus Torquatus

  • Its distinctive chestnut-red cap gives the species the name red-capped mangabey, and its white collar gives it the names white-collared and collared mangabey.
  • The species is often called the “4-eyed monkey ” due to the red-capped mangabey monkey’s dramatically white eyelids.
  • The Red-headed Mangabey is a monotypic species; that is, no other species belong to the genus of the species Cercocebus. The red-haired mangabey used to be listed as a Sooty mangabey subspecies.
  • As diurnal creatures are most active during the day and dormant at night, red-capped mangabey monkeys forage and travel together in their forest habitat.
  • These mangabeys are notable for being pretty noisy primates and equipped with large throat pouches that amplify their vocalizations.

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Key References
  • [1]“ADW: Cercocebus torquatus: INFORMATION”. Accessed August 24, 2022. Link.
  • [§] – Middleton, O.S, Svensson, H, Scharlemann, J.P.W, Faurby, S, Sandom, C.J. CarniDIET 1.0: A database of terrestrial carnivorous mammal diets. Global Ecology and Biogeography. Craig, Christie A., Eleanor I. Brassine, and Daniel M. Parker. “A record of cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) diet in the Northern Tuli Game Reserve, Botswana.” African Journal of Ecology 55.4 (2017): 697-700.


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