Capucin à poitrine jaune observant les visiteurs au parc animalier Le PAL
Capucin à poitrine jaune dans les arbres au parc Le PAL

Golden-bellied capuchin

Scientific name :
Cebus xanthosternos
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Golden-bellied capuchins live in groups of between 8 and 35 individuals based on a hierarchy, whereby the dominant male defends the group. The unity of the group is strengthened by grooming sessions. Capuchins are highly intelligent and are among the few animals capable of using tools. They use stones to open nuts.


Geographic distribution of the golden-bellied capuchin

Golden-bellied capuchins are found in Guyana and Brazil.


Habits of the golden-bellied capuchin

Capuchins spend their time in the treetops away from predators. They become active before dawn and head off in groups looking for food. The older individuals know how to locate and recognise edible fruit. They plan their daily excursions in accordance with their nutritional needs. They have highly developed vocal chords and emit cries, screams or screeches depending on the circumstances.

Did you know?

Due to deforestation, no more than 400 golden-bellied capuchins remain in the wild. They are one of the most endangered primate species in the world.
Tropical forest and mangroves
Length: 35 to 49 cm
Weight: 1.5 to 4.5 kg
Leaves, bark, fruit, flowers, sap and occasionally insects.
Longevity: 30 years
Gestation: 150 to 180 days
Young: 1
European protection programme

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Conservation status

Stable Threatened Critically endangered