Miller's Saki

Kingdom Order Family Genus Species
Animalia Primates Pitheciidae Pithecia Pithecia milleri
IUCN Status: Vulnerable
  • Common Name: Miller’s Saki
  • Taxonomy Classification Year: 1914
  • Monkey Size: 30 to 50 cm (12 to 20 in)
  • Skin Color(s): Gray to grizzled black
  • Habitat: Forest, rainforest
  • Diet: Omnivorous
  • Native Countries: Colombia, Ecuador, Peru

Miller’s Saki Distribution

Miller’s Saki Characteristics

Miller’s saki[1] (Pithecia milleri), also called Miller’s monk saki, is a species of saki family, a type of New World Monkey.

  • Its range includes parts of northeastern Ecuador, southwestern Colombia, and possibly adjacent areas in Peru.
  • The Miller’s saki belongs to the Pithecia monkey family. Species in this group are characterized as medium-sized monkeys with long, coarse hairs that swell up (known as piloerection) when approached in the wild, making them appear larger than they really are.
  • The hair on their head is directed forward like a hood.
  • Like other sakis, the males and females of this species have different colored fur, with the females being grayer on the face and overall and the males a darker grayish-black but with brown on the face and the forearms.

Miller’s Saki Facts

  • Miller’s sakis are diurnal and quadrupedal leapers. They usually move on all fours but can be seen swinging bipedally on large branches before leaping to another tree.
  • During the day, these sakis move in pairs or small family groups around their home range.
  • These species vocalize in growls, squeaks, hisses, and low calls.
  • Due to their diet, Miller’s sakis disperse the seeds of the fruits they eat, which benefits the local ecosystem.
  • Populations of this monkey are threatened by hunting and habitat loss.

Suggested Reading: All Monkey Species

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Key References
  • [1]“Miller’s Saki”. Accessed December 25, 2022. Link.


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