Golden Bellied Capuchin

Kingdom Order Family Genus Species
Animalia Primates Cebidae Sapajus Sapajus xanthosternos
Golden-bellied Capuchin
IUCN Status: Critically-Endangered
  • Common Name: Golden-bellied Capuchin
  • Taxonomy Classification Year: 1826
  • Monkey Size: 35 to 48.8 cm (13.78 to 19.21 in)
  • Skin Color(s): Light or dark brown
  • Habitat: Forest, rainforest
  • Diet: Omnivorous
  • Native Countries: Brazil

Golden-bellied Capuchin Distribution

Golden-Bellied Capuchin Characteristics

Golden Bellied Capuchin

The golden-bellied capuchin[1] (Sapajus xanthosternos), also called the buff-headed or yellow-breasted capuchin is a New World monkey species.

  • Golden-bellied capuchins are a species of tufted capuchin. The “tuft” refers to the strands of dark hairs found along the crown of adult heads.
  • Two tuft formed can look like horns; juveniles do not have these tufts. Their bodies are draped in light brown or dark brown fur.
  • The fur is golden yellow along the shoulders and belly. The chest is the same golden yellow or golden red.
  • Golden-bellied capuchins have small bodies, and their faces are light in color.
  • The sides of their faces, hands, feet, and tail end are black.

What Do Golden-bellied Capuchins Eat?

What do golden-bellied capuchins eat? Cocoa

Being Omnivorous, the Golden-bellied Capuchin consumes these plant matters[¶]:

  • Wild Balata (Micropholis guyanensis).
  • Blolly (Guapira)
  • Vilevine (philodendron on hederaceum)
  • Icecreambean (Inga edulis)
  • Cacao (Theobroma cacao)
  • Johnnyberry (miconia)

Golden-Bellied Capuchin Facts

Sapajus Xanthosternos

  • Golden-bellied capuchins live in groups of around 3 to 30 individuals with a hierarchy that determines their social status.
  • They spend much time grooming one another for socialization, with the alpha species receiving the most attention.
  • Often, they engage in “urine washing” by covering themselves with their own urine to mark their territory. This scent usually travels with them.
  • These monkeys communicate through short, frequent howls, similar to that of a newborn. When threatened, they emit a two-tone chirp.
  • Their life expectancy is about 15 to 25 years when they live in the wild. They can live much longer in captivity, up to 50 years.

Suggested Reading: Different Species of Monkeys

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Key References
  • [1]“ADW: Cebus xanthosternos: INFORMATION”. Accessed September 09, 2022. Link.
  • [¶] – Bello, C., Galetti, M., Montan, D., Pizo, M. A., Mariguela, T. C., Culot, L., Bufalo, F., Labecca, F., Pedrosa, F., Constantini, R., Emer, C., Silva, W. R., da Silva, F. R., Ovaskainen, O. and Jordano, P. (2017), Atlantic frugivory: a plant-frugivore interaction data set for the Atlantic Forest. Ecology, 98: 1729. doi:10.1002/ecy.1818. doi:10.1002/ecy.1818


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