Capuchin monkey: a very clever primate
General data and main characteristics of capuchin monkey:
- Scientific name: cepajus robustus
- Popular names: Crimson monkey and Crested capuchin monkey.
- Habitat: Atlantic Forest (mainly forests of the states of MG, BA and ES).
- Habit of life: daytime
- Color: black and dark gray. In the center of the head is a tuft of dark reddish-brown hair.
- Body dimensions: head and body: between 33 cm and 48 cm; with tail: from 40 cm to 47 cm).
- Weight: between 2.5 kg and 3.7 kg (adult monkey).
- Food: fruits, seeds, young branches, poultry eggs, insects and even small vertebrates.
- Life span in natural habitat: up to 40 years.
- Risk of extinction: threatened (endangered species).
- The capuchin monkey is a very intelligent primate. They often use tools (stones and pieces of wood) in their daily lives. Stones are generally used to open hard shell fruits or break nuts. They often use twigs to cut down fruit from the tree or remove insects from holes.