Black-headed spider monkey

Agile arboreal acrobats with distinctive black fur swinging through the rainforests of Central and South America

Patrick Müller

An amazing primate species that call the lush forests of Colombia, Ecuador, and Panama its home. Their bodies are covered in long, sleek fur, usually dark brown to black. They have long, flexible limbs, allowing them to move swiftly and effortlessly through the treetops.

What makes these monkeys truly fascinating is their social behavior. They live in large fission-fusion groups of up to 100 individuals, composed of multiple males and females. When it’s time to eat, these groups split into smaller sub-groups. They communicate through vocalizations such as high-frequency whinnies. Imagine being in the forest and hearing a chorus of these vocalizations – it would be quite an experience!

Distribution

Country
Population est.
Status
Year
Comments
Colombia
2020
Ecuador
2020
Panama
2020

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Terrestrial / Aquatic

Altricial / Precocial

Polygamous / Monogamous

Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic

Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal

Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd / Troop

Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore

Migratory: Yes / No

Domesticated: Yes / No

Dangerous: Yes / No