Guianan Saki

Kingdom Order Family Genus Species
Animalia Primates Pitheciidae Pithecia Pithecia pithecia
Guianan saki
IUCN Status: Least-Concern
  • Common Names: Guianan saki, Gold-faced Saki, Guyana Saki
  • Taxonomy Classification Year: 1766
  • Monkey Size: 30.5 to 40.6 cm (12 to 16 in)
  • Skin Color(s): Black to brownish-gray
  • Habitat: Rainforest
  • Diet: Omnivorous
  • Native Countries: Brazil, French Guiana, Guyana, Suriname, Venezuela

Guianan saki Distribution

Guianan Saki Characteristics

Guianan Saki

The white-faced saki[1] (Pithecia pithecia), also known as the golden-faced saki, Guianan saki, and Guyana saki, is a New World saki monkey species.

  • White-faced saki displays sexual dichromatism and sexual dimorphism. Male species have black fur with white fur surrounding their face.
  • Saki females have a shorter tan-gray coat with two vertical lines running from the eyes to the nose.
  • Females can also have orange-brown fur that emerges around the chest and continues to the abdomen.
  • At birth, adult males and females look very similar. A gradual color change occurs over a period of 3.5 to 4 years, during which time male saki becomes completely black with bright white faces.
  • These saki monkeys have long, furry tails that act as a balance when leaping from one tree to another. Tails are not used to grab branches or objects.

Guianan Saki

Guianan Saki Facts

Guianan Saki

  • White-faced sakis are active during the day, sleeping high (15 to 20 meters) in leafy trees to protect them from flying predators and weather.
  • Typically, they have a lifespan of around 14 years in the wild and have lived up to 36 years in captivity.
  • After the birth, the mother goes through breastfeeding-induced infertility, which lasts an average of 23 weeks.
  • A pair often mates for life and is very devoted to each other. They strengthen their bond by grooming each other.
  • White-faced sakis differ from other primates, including their close relative Chiropotes satanas. They are primarily leapers, which is how they travel about 70% of the time.

Pithecia Pithecia

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Key References
  • [1]“Within-group social bonds in white-faced saki monkeys (Pithecia pithecia) display male-female pair preference – PubMed”. Accessed September 17, 2022. Link.


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