White-nosed Saki

Kingdom Order Family Genus Species
Animalia Primates Pitheciidae Chiropotes Chiropotes albinasus
IUCN Status: Vulnerable
  • Common Name: Red-nosed Bearded Saki
  • Taxonomy Classification Year: 1848
  • Monkey Size: 38 to 42 cm (15 to 17 in)
  • Skin Color(s): Black
  • Habitat: Forest, rainforest
  • Diet: Omnivorous
  • Native Countries: Brazil

Red-nosed Bearded Saki Distribution

White-nosed Saki Characteristics

The white-nosed saki[1] (Chiropotes albinasus) is bearded, a New World Monkey species native to the Amazon rainforest of south-central Brazil.

  • The common and scientific names are due to authors working with dead specimens in which the skin on and around the nose has turned whitish.
  • In living individuals, it is light pink (but with fine, barely visible white hair) and has black fur.
  • Male white-nosed sakis weigh an average of 3.1 kg (6.8 lb), and females weigh 2.5 kg (5.5 lb). Males have a total length of about 42 cm (17 in), and females have a total length of 38 cm (15 in).
  • They have dark black fur, a red nose, and an upper lip covered in white fur. White-nosed sakis have a long, bushy tail that they use for balance.

White-Nosed Saki Facts

  • White-nosed sakis are sometimes found in large social groups of 18-30 individuals. Their main reason for traveling is the food search.
  • They use tail flicking and piloerection to communicate when a person’s hair stands on end.
  • They are also a social species, organizing themselves into large groups for many reasons, such as roosting, gathering food, and arranging outings.
  • They are seasonal breeders, breeding only certain months of the year.
  • No other species in the Chiropotes genus has a brightly colored nose.

Suggested Reading: Types of Monkeys

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Key References
  • [1]“ECOS: Species Profile”. Accessed December 24, 2022. Link.


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