Area: Colombia, northern Argentina, Brazil
Habitat: Tropical rain forests
Food: Nuts, fruit, insects, eggs, young birds, frogs, and lizards
Size: 13 to 22 inches from top of head to rump; tail is 15 to 22 inches long
Babies: Newborn capuchins ride on their mother’s back
At Ease in the Trees
Long arms, grasping hands, and a prehensile tail help these little monkeys live in the treetops. They move from one branch to the next by leaping and sometimes swinging. Their grasping tail gives them an extra way to catch a branch in mid air.
Capuchin monkeys are very smart. Scientists have seen them use sticks to dig for nuts or catch ants, and using stones to crack open the hard shell of nuts. They cooperate with others in their group, too. If a food is difficult for one monkey to get, another monkey will help out—then they share the prize!