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Blonde Capuchin Monkey, Cebus queirozi

Do that one more time and I'll . . .

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© Copyright 2011 Cindy Murdoch (homesteadbound)

The Friars of Monkeydom

It is very rare to discover the existence of a new mammal, therefore when a new species of Capuchin monkeys, the Blonde Chapuchin, was identified in Brazil in 2006, that was big news! It is also critically endangered. It is believed that only 180 exist!

The cute little monkeys that are typically depicted as being the companions to organ grinders is the personable little Capuchin. The Capuchin monkey is named for a group of friars called the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin, a spin-off of the Franciscan priests. Capuchins usually resemble their namesake – the friars. Their body is a dark colored black or brown, with a much lighter colored face, throat and chest. And on their heads they generally sport a black little cap.

The Capuchin monkey can reach 12-22 inches (30-56 cm) in length, with their tail being another 12-22 inches (30-56 cm), and can weigh up to 2-1/2 pounds. The wild Capuchin will generally live to be 15-25 years old, however in captivity, they have been known to live as long as 45 years.

Living in the Tree Tops

The Capuchins typical habitat is high up in the tree tops. They spend the majority of the daylight hours searching for food, stopping to take a siesta in the early afternoon. At night, they will sleep in the safety of the treetops wedged between two branches.

Capuchins live in tribes or missions containing 10-35 members. These groups contain females with their offspring and several males.

The Capuchin eats a varied diet consisting mostly of fruits, nuts and seeds, insects, spiders, bird eggs, crabs and shellfish.

Such an intense look for such a cute little thing!

Such an intense look for such a cute little thing!

The Capuchin must be constantly vigilant because it has many enemies which include mountain lions, jaguars, coyotes, snakes, crocodiles and birds of prey to name a few who would like to have them for their next meal.

The female Capuchin will begin to bear young every other year at about the age of four. Males are not sexually mature until somewhere around the age of six years old. When first born, the baby clings to its mother’s chest, but as it matures it moves to riding on her back.

Be sure and watch this little guy in this quick video. It's amazing to hear the sounds that they are able to make. Warning: If you are using ear buds, the whistles are very high pitched.

No Monkey Business When It Comes to Intelligence

Capuchins are very intelligent and have the ability to learn new behaviors just by observing them only once. They show their intelligence in other ways also, appearing to have the ability to think things through and to problem solve. During the mosquito season, Capuchins will capture and crush millipedes which they then rub on their backs. This provides the Capuchin will a natural insect protection. When presented with their own reflection in a mirror their behavior does not indicate that they believe that they are seeing another monkey, but appear to understand that they are looking at their own reflection

In addition to being kept as pets, the Capuchin is also being trained and used as service animals to assist quadriplegics, like dogs are trained to assist the blind. In order to accomplish this training, they are first socialized in a human home as infants, and then undergo a very extensive training program. Some of the things that they are trained to do include microwaving food, washing the quadriplegic's face, and opening drink bottles.

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What other types of Capuchins exist?

  • The Golden-bellied Capuchin Monkey, Cebus xanthosternos - Conservation status: Critically Endangered.
  • The Tufted Capuchin Monkey, Cebus paella - Conservation status: Least Concern.
  • The White-fronted Capuchin Monkey, Cebus albifrons - Conservation status: Least Concern.
  • The White-headed Capuchin Monkey, Cebus capucinus - Conservation status: Least Concern.
  • The Black Capuchin Monkey, Cebus nigritus - Conservation status: Vulnerable.
  • The Black-striped Capuchin Monkey, Cebus libidinosus
  • The Kaapori Capuchin Monkey, Cebus kaapori - Conservation status: Vulnerable.
  • The Large-headed Capuchin Monkey, Cebus apella macrocephalus - Conservation status: Least Concern.
  • The Weeper Capuchin Monkey, Cebus olivaceus - Conservation status: Least Concern.

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Comments: "Blonde Capuchin Monkey, Cebus queirozi"

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on May 09, 2012:

MISS.L - They really are cute, I have to agree! Thanks!

MISS.L on May 08, 2012:

capuchin monkeys are so cute i love them

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on September 29, 2011:

Cloverleaf - I thought the whistling in the 2nd video was cute also. But it sure was shrill! I like to play it and watch my pomeranian cock her head from side to side with each whistle and with a perplexed look on her face as she tries to figure out where that strange noise is coming from. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

Cloverleaf from Calgary, AB, Canada on September 29, 2011:

Hi homesteadbound,

What a neat little guy! I really enjoyed watching and listening to him whistling in the second video - a big thumbs up to you for an excellent hub :-)

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on September 28, 2011:

Sue826 - thanks for stopping by. They are indeed intelligent and very adorable.

Sue826 from Albuquerque on September 28, 2011:

I love any information about these intelligent creatures. Thank you for the lens.

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on September 28, 2011:

davenmidtown - I must agree who-heartedly, very cute indeed. I think when you look them in the eye, you are probably seeing them thinking about something very mischeivious!Thanks for the comments, and I am very pleased that you enjoyed it!

David Stillwell from Sacramento, California on September 28, 2011:

Hmoesteadbound: Those little fellows are so cute. They seem so intelligent too. It is kind of like when you look them in the eye and see them thinking. I loved the video of the snake... not snake.... made me laugh. I may have to try that if I should ever go to the mall again. I love the way you write too. It is informative and really brings the reader along with you. A++

Cindy Murdoch (author) from Texas on September 28, 2011:

Sneha Sunny, I am definitely an animal lover. The pictures were really cute, weren't they? I do spend a lot of time finding pictures to publish with the articles. Thanks for the votes and for stopping by!

Sneha Sunny from India on September 28, 2011:

Found another animal lover here!!! :-) the first one is ME, of course... It was a nice read...useful and I liked the pictures...a lot!! :-)

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