Buff-headed capuchin

When they find a nut they can’t crack, they use a rock in the ground as a tool to break it open


A fascinating primate species that inhabit the Atlantic Forest of Brazil. This monkey is easily recognizable by its coloration, as its head’s buff-colored fur starkly contrasts with its body’s dark fur.

One of the most interesting characteristics of the buff-headed capuchin is its intelligence. This monkey is known for its problem-solving abilities and has been observed using tools in the wild. The buff-headed capuchin has been seen using sticks to probe for insects in tree bark and using stones to crack open nuts. This intelligence has also made them a popular research subject, and it has been studied extensively in the field of animal cognition.


Population est.
Official estimate
Bahia, Sergipe, Minas Gerais

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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