Howler monkey

Howler monkey

What is one of the loudest animals in the world? It has facts about their appearance, habitat, prey, and friends and enemies.

appearance

Howlers have an interesting appearance. It is one of the largest new world monkeys. These interesting monkeys are 1.5 to 2 feet long not including their tail the tail is an additional 20 to 30 inches long. The females weigh 7 to 22 pounds, and the males weigh 12 to 20 pounds. Howlers have a hunched back and are not very active. The tails are prehensile which means they can use it as an extra limb to hold onto branches. The howler monkeys can be golden, black,or red. Red is the most common. Howlers have a very cool feature, howling. The monkeys have a special bone in their chin to make their howl be heard from three to four miles away.

habitat

The howlers live in the tropical rain forests of Central and South America. Howlers rarely come to the ground and live primarily in the emergent and canopy layer of the forest. These tropical monkeys make their home in Brazil and Venezuela which are located in the Amazon Rain Forest. Howlers don’t move around much they sleep in the same area also.

prey

The Howlers don’t eat many different kinds of food. They eat primarily leaves, but every once and a while they eat fruit, maggots, and flowers. Howlers are folivores, which means that they eat primarily leaves. They smell out and pick off the fruit or leaves from the tree. The Howlers are outcompeted by the smaller and faster spider monkey. They howl communicate each other where the food is located.

friends and enemies

The Howler monkeys have several different kinds of friends and enemies. Their troop mates groom each other to keep their fur clean and smooth. Unfortunately their habitat is being cut down by humans. They howl loudly to protect their territory from other troops. Some predators are the boa constrictor, jaguar, puma, and the harpy eagle. People hunt them for food or sell them as pets.
Howler monkeys are a unique animal, named for their characteristic howl. It is very important to save their home, the rainforest.
The Sound of Wild Howler Monkeys

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