Black Capped Capuchin

Sapajus apella

Class: Mammalia Order: Primates Family: Cebidae


Weight: 4-10 lbs


Capuchins feed on fruit, leaves, nectar, seeds, nuts, and insects


Lifespan (Wild): 25 years
Lifespan (Captivity): Up to 45 years

Habitat & Range

Forests and rainforests of Brazil and the Amazon River basin.

Interesting Facts

  • The black capped capuchin is also called the tufted capuchin. This name comes from the tufts of fur above their eyes.
  • These monkeys are arboreal, meaning they spend much of their time in trees. Capuchins have long prehensile tails which they use as a “fifth limb” to control their movements and stabilize while climbing and feeding. Black capped capuchins are the only species of capuchin known to carry their tail in a coil.
  • Black capped capuchins are very intelligent and they have been observed using tools such as sticks to catch insects. 

Conservation Status

Least Concern


These monkeys are considered least concern, however their number in the wild are decreasing. They are threatened by habitat loss and hunting. One of their greatest threats, however, is capture for the illegal pet trade.