Black Capped Capuchin
Up to 45 years
13-22 inches body
15-22 inches tail
Name of Young
- The black capped capuchin is also called the tufted capuchin. This name comes from the tufts of fur above their eyes.
- These social monkeys live in groups of up to 15 individuals led by an alpha male. Females will almost always mate with the dominant male rather than other male members of the group.
- Capuchins communicate in a number of ways including facial expressions. A facial display can express whether they are feeling relaxed, aggressive, or excited. They can also raise the fur on their foreheads.
- Capuchins have long prehensile tails which they often carry coiled. Their tail is used as a “fifth limb” when they feed and to control their movement.
- Black capped capuchins are very intelligent and they have been observed using tools such as sticks to catch insects.
Did You Know?
The word capuchin comes from the name of an order of friars that wore brown hooded robes. The word cebus, from their species name, is from the Greek word “kebos” which translates to “long-tailed monkey.”