Capuchin Monkey Habitat

11th June 2010

Capuchin monkeys are classified under the genus Cebus and are a part of the group of new world monkeys. Capuchin monkeys are lean and agile and weigh between 3 to 9 pounds. Usually, their fur is cream or light tan in appearance around the neck, face and shoulders. The remaining body fur is dark brown in color. The hair on their back is shorter compared to other body part. Their face color can either be white, pink or a mixture of these two colors. Capuchin monkeys have a long tail full of thick hair and to a certain extent can wrap around branches.
Capuchin monkeys are arboreal and diurnal just like their peers. Throughout the day, they spend time searching for food and only take a short nap in the afternoon. At night, capuchin monkeys rest on trees, packed between branches. Cats, snakes and falcons are considered to be grave foes of this monkey. The is no particular capuchin monkey habitat, as they are highly undemanding. These monkeys are said to be the most intelligent among all new world monkeys.
Habitat of Capuchin Monkey
As mentioned earlier, the exact capuchin monkey habitat range is not known. However, it is believed that these monkeys mainly inhibit areas of Honduras, Brazil, Paraguay and Peru among other regions in central and south America. Capuchin monkeys prefer to stay in large groups of about 10 to 40 in the forests, but they can conveniently adapt themselves to other places as well. All group members hunt for feeding grounds. These monkeys are able to jump high (3 meters), and use this to their advantage for the purpose of moving about. Capuchin monkeys dip their hands and feet in urine, to leave a scent which helps them in identifying their area. Capuchin monkeys often stay on tree tops and only get down for drinking water.