Yellow-breasted capuchin

Yellow-breasted capuchin Sapajus xanthosternos (EEP)

ClassMammalia
OrderPrimates
FamilyCebidae
Size35–42cm
Weight♂ 2-4.8kg, ♀ 1.3-3.4kg
Gestation6 months
Birth1
Life-span40 years
Diet
omnivorous (mainly fruit, grains, flowers, nuts, insects, chicks, small reptiles, eggs)

Habitat
Atlantic forest

Range
East-central Brazil


Yellow-breasted capuchins live in groups varying in size from a dozen to more than 30. Active during the daytime, they live in the trees in tropical forests. Clever and curious, they are able to use tools (such as stones to break nuts) and get food in the trickiest situations (for instance, on a palm tree covered in thorns).
 
Their vocalisations include a wide variety of cries and sounds (groans, tweets, whistles, purrs).
 
Endangered because of the destruction of their habitat and being hunted for their meat and for the illegal pet trade, yellow-breasted capuchins now number less than 3,000 in the wild.




Status in the wild (Source: IUCN)

  • Not evaluated
    NE
  • Data deficient
    DD
  • Least concern
    LC
  • Near threatened
    NT
  • Vulnerable
    VU
  • Endangered
    EN
  •  Critically endangered
    CR
  • Extinct in the wild
    EW
  • Extinct
    EX

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