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. https://doi.org/10.1111/geb.13296. 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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