Black Capped Capuchin

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Scientific Name
Cebus Apella


Wild: up to 25 years
Captivity: up to 45 years

13-22 inches body
15-22 inches tail

Average Weight
4-10 lbs

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Group Size

Name of Young

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We Are:Common
These monkeys are common, however they are threatened by the illegal pet trade and habitat loss.

Did you know?

  • The black capped capuchin is also called the tufted capuchin. This name comes from the tufts of fur above their eyes.
  • 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.
  • 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”.

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