Golden-faced Saki

Kingdom Order Family Genus Species
Animalia Primates Pitheciidae Pithecia Pithecia chrysocephala
Golden-faced Saki
IUCN Status: Least-Concern
  • Common Name: Golden-faced Saki
  • Taxonomy Classification Year: 1850
  • Monkey Size: 31.7 to 40.6 cm (12.5 to 16 in)
  • Skin Color(s): Black
  • Habitat: Rainforest
  • Diet: Omnivorous
  • Native Countries: Brazil

Golden-faced Saki Distribution

Golden-faced Saki Characteristics

Golden Faced Saki

The golden-faced saki[1] (Pithecia chrysocephala) is a New World Monkey found on the northern side of the Amazon on both sides of the Rio Negro in Brazil.

  • The species gets its name from the coloration of the male, which has black hair but orange or auburn facial hair.
  • The female is lighter in body color and has bald skin on the face, with orange hairlines extending around the snout under the eyes and orange peritoneum.
  • The golden-faced saki has a smaller, less spherical, less prognathic cranial vault than the white-faced saki.

Golden-faced Saki Facts

Pithecia Chrysocephala

  • This species was previously classified as a subspecies of white-faced saki (Pithecia pithecia) but was upgraded to full species status in 2014.
  • These sakis live in small groups of 2 to 4 individuals. However, larger groups of 6 or more individuals, possibly including more than one adult breeding female or male, have been reported.
  • They have loud vocal calls to establish a territory, typically performed in pairs by monogamous females and males.
  • The males rub their chests against the trees. They typically choose trees with edible fruit to excite the females and try to stimulate courtship behavior during the breeding season.
  • When a terrestrial predator such as the red-tailed boas is in the vicinity, golden-faced sakis first emit an alarm call. They will then team up and attack the predator, hoping to scare it away.

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Key References
  • [1]“Geophagy in the Golden-Faced Saki Monkey (Pithecia Pithecia Chrysocephala) in the Central Amazon”. Accessed December 14, 2022. Link.

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