Yucatan Black Howler

Kingdom Order Family Genus Species
Animalia Primates Atelidae Alouatta Alouatta pigra
Central American Black Howler
IUCN Status: Endangered
  • Common Name: Central American Black Howler
  • Taxonomy Classification Year: 1933
  • Monkey Size: 52.1 to 63.9 cm (20.5 to 25.2 in)
  • Skin Color(s): Black
  • Habitat: Rainforest
  • Diet: Herbivorous
  • Native Countries: Belize, Guatemala, Mexico

Central American Black Howler Distribution

Yucatan Black Howler Monkey Characteristics

Yucatan Black Howler

The Yucatan black howler[1], also called the Guatemalan black howler or Central American black howler, is a New-World monkey native to Central America.

  • Dense, rich black fur drapes the entire body of the Yucatan Black Howler monkey, except for a bald spot on the underside of the prehensile tail.
  • Everything about them looks elongated, from full faces to skinny fingers. Their tiny eyes are almond-shaped and brown in color, and they have a protruding snout.
  • Males have an enlarged hyoid bone located in the anterior midline of the neck between the thyroid cartilage and the chin.
  • It may look like they have swallowed a small oval serving plate, which has gotten hopelessly stuck in their throat.
  • Like other members of the Atelidae genus, A. pigra has a prehensile tail with prehensile pads.

Yucatan Black Howler Monkey Facts

Alouatta Pigra

  • The Yucatan black howler monkey is the largest species of howler monkey and among the largest monkeys in the New-World.
  • The Yucatan black howler monkey is known as a “baboon” in Belize. However, it’s not really a baboon.
  • The Central American Black Howler nourishes on many plant matters including Pumpwood (Cecropia peltata).
  • A typical group of Yucatan black howler monkeys comprises a dominant alpha male, some females, their young, and occasionally additional males, probably involved in defending the group from predators.
  • They often live in close association with spider monkeys.
  • According to the Guinness Book of World Records, howler monkeys are the loudest land animals.

Suggested Reading: All The Monkeys In The World

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Key References
  • [1]“The Systematic Status of the Black Howler Monkey, Alouatta pigra Lawrence on JSTOR”. Accessed August 22, 2022. Link.


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