Humboldt's White Fronted Capuchin

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Kingdom Order Family Genus Species
Animalia Primates Cebidae Cebus Cebus albifrons
Humboldt's White-fronted Capuchin
IUCN Status: Least-Concern
  • Common Names: Humboldt’s White-fronted Capuchin, White-fronted Capuchin, and Humboldt’s White Capuchin
  • Taxonomy Classification Year: 1812
  • Monkey Size: 35 to 45cm (13.7 to 17.7 in)
  • Skin Color(s): Light brown
  • Habitat: Rainforest
  • Diet: Omnivorous
  • Native Countries: Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru, Trinidad and Tobago

Humboldt’s White-fronted Capuchin Distribution

Humboldt’s Squirrel Monkey Characteristics

Humboldt's White Fronted Capuchin

Humboldt’s white capuchins[1], also known as white-fronted capuchins, are a species of New-World Monkeys and one of the smallest capuchin groups.

Humboldt's White Capuchins

  • The head is small compared to the body, and the torso is slender with long, spindly limbs.
  • Humboldt’s white capuchin has a complex color pattern. They are generally light brown on the back with a lighter underside, often with shades of red and yellow.
  • The Crown of the head has a round, dark spot. The face is covered with sparse light hair, beneath which peach-colored flesh is visible.
  • A thin white border surrounds the face. A band, slightly darker than the body color, runs parallel to the back.
  • The limbs are a range of yellow and reddish brown. Sexual dimorphism occurs in the species, with males being larger than females.

What Do Humboldt’s White-fronted Capuchins Eat?

What Do Humboldt's White-fronted Capuchins Eat?

The Humboldt’s White-fronted Capuchin’s diet includes[¶]:

  • Seasonvine (Cissus verticillata)
  • Poroto Shimbillo (Inga brachyrhachis).
  • Scarlet Passionflower (Passiflora coccinea).
  • Bara (Guatteria longicuspis)
  • Black Manwood (Minquartia guianensis).
  • Matchwood (Schefflera morototoni)
  • Pachiuba (Socratea exorrhiza)

Humboldt’s Squirrel Monkey Facts

Humboldts White Fronted Capuchin

  • Humboldt’s squirrel monkeys are usually led by a dominant male and female.
  • Humboldt’s white capuchins are very social and spend a lot of time grooming themselves.
  • Their small size makes them vulnerable to large predators.
  • These capuchins have adopted a loud alarm call that will deter some predators and may warn others in the group of the presence of predators.
  • Infant care in Humboldt’s white capuchins is not limited to the maternal female. Other group members will come to the aid of babies in need, and the dominant males often take care of the babies.

Suggested Reading: Different Kinds of Monkeys

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Key References
  • [1]“White-fronted Capuchin-Encyclopedia of Life”. Accessed September 24, 2022. Link.
  • [¶] – Fricke, E.C., Svenning, J. Accelerating homogenization of the global plant-frugivore meta-network. Nature 585, 74-78 (2020).


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