White Throated Capuchin

Kingdom Order Family Genus Species
Animalia Primates Cebidae Cebus Cebus capucinus
Colombian White-faced Capuchin
IUCN Status: Vulnerable
  • Common Name: Colombian White-faced Capuchin
  • Taxonomy Classification Year: 1758
  • Monkey Size: 33 to 45 cm (13 to 18 in)
  • Skin Color(s): White and pale yellow
  • Habitat: Forest, rainforest
  • Diet: Omnivorous & Herbivorous
  • Native Countries: Panama, Colombia, Ecuador

Colombian White-faced Capuchin Distribution

White-Throated Capuchin Characteristics

White Throated Capuchin

White-throated capuchins[1], also called the white-headed capuchins, Colombian white-throated capuchins, and white-faced capuchins, are New World monkeys native to the Tropical Rainforests of western Colombia, Ecuador, and Panama.

  • White to pale yellow hair frames an expressive light brown or pink face mostly nude, suggesting the face of a thoughtful older man.
  • The shoulders and upper arms of the white-throated capuchin are clad in their white or pale yellow fur, in contrast to the rest of their body, which is covered in black fur.
  • A black fur cap sits on this monkey’s head. The white-throated capuchin is perhaps the best-known monkey.
  • Although they may not know the species name, most people easily recognize this monkey as the sidekick of the organ grinder.
  • On the shoulder of the street musician, the monkey lures passers-by with its escapades to donate money.

What Do Colombian White-faced Capuchins Eat?

What Do White Faced Capuchins Eat?

The Colombian White-faced Capuchin’s diet consists of Hexapoda (Insecta), fruit pulp, leaves and several palm tree species (including Attalea butyracea, Astrocaryum standleyanum, Oenocarpus mapora, Iriartea deltoidea, Astrocaryum, Tetragastris panamensis and Raphia taedigera)[2].

What Eats Colombian White-faced Capuchins?

What Eats White-Faced Capuchins?

According to the African Journal of Ecology[3], Cheetahs, Ocelots (Leopardus pardalis) and Cougars (Puma concolor) are the main predators of Colombian White-faced Capuchins[§].

White-Throated Capuchin Facts

White Throated Capuch

  • The White-throated Capuchin derives its name from the hooded robe worn by order of Capuchin friars, whose hooded garments are draped in a “cowl neck fashion” around the shoulders.
  • They are “graceful” capuchin monkeys of the Cebus genus, distinguished in 2012 from “robust” capuchins such as the tufted capuchins of the genus Sapajus.
  • White-throated capuchins are among the most intelligent New World primates. Besides their ability to craft food tools, they are known to use sticks as weapons against snakes.
  • Inquisitive and playful, white-throated capuchins like to dismount things. This behavior is most common in captivity but has also been observed in the wild.
  • White-throated capuchins seem to have an innate understanding of herbal medicine, rubbing parts of certain plants into their hair to repel ticks and other pests.

Cebus Capucinus

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Key References
  • [1]“Older, sociable capuchins (Cebus capucinus) invent more social behaviors, but younger monkeys innovate more in other contexts” by Susan E. Perry, Brendan J. Barrett, and Irene Godoy. Accessed August 17, 2022. Link.
  • [2]“palm seed dispersal”. Accessed August 17, 2022. Link.
  • [3]“Mammals Collections Search”. Accessed August 17, 2022. Link.
  • [§] – Middleton, O.S, Svensson, H, Scharlemann, J.P.W, Faurby, S, Sandom, C.J. CarniDIET 1.0: A database of terrestrial carnivorous mammal diets. Global Ecology and Biogeography. https://doi.org/10.1111/geb.13296. Craig, Christie A., Eleanor I. Brassine, and Daniel M. Parker. “A record of cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) diet in the Northern Tuli Game Reserve, Botswana. “African Journal of Ecology 55.4 (2017): 697-700.


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