Capuchin Monkeys

By: Reagan Reitmeier



Evolutionary Relationships

  • marmosets
  • tamarins
  • capuchins
  • squirrel monkeys


  • Found mostly in forests mainly in Tropical Rainforest
  • Found east of the Andes from Colombia and Venezuela to Paraguay and northern Argentina.
  • Live in understory and lower canopy


  • Known for nut-cracking skills
  • Forage, rip apart vegetation to find food, to find food
  • Also eat fruit, invertebrates, and small mammals
  • In the dry season eat Scheelea palm frond pith when food is scarce

Physical Description

  • Vary in color from brown to mustard yellow to black
  • Patch of coarse black fur on the crown of their head
  • Have a long tail
  • Deep lower jaw and large jaw muscles so they can eat vegetation
  • Walk on hands and hind legs

Social Interactions

  • Live in troops or groups of 40 monkeys
  • Migrate multiple times in lifetime
  • Have a social structure with alpha male
  • There is commonly violence in between groups

Reproduction and Lifespan

  • Males commonly mate with multiple females
  • Infants cared for by mother and other monkeys
  • Max lifespan is 54 years

Size and Weight

  • Length in between 13.8 inches and 17.8
  • Weight around 8.6 pounds