White-faced saki

Nicknamed ‘flying monkeys’ due to their exceptional ability to move around rainforest habitats by very long leaps

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Despite their common name, only the male white-faced saki has a unique white face, while the female has bright patches stretching from each eye to the chin. Males have overall black pelage, whereas females have a lighter shade coat. They also have powerful bodies, strong leg muscles, and furry tails.

These creatures are almost exclusively arboreal as they spend their whole lives in the lower rainforest canopy and avoid coming to the ground. They are most active in the early morning and early afternoon. They also have a rather interesting curled-around sleeping position that resembles a house cat.

Distribution

Country
Population est.
Status
Year
Comments
Brazil
2015
French Guiana
2015
Guyana
2015
Suriname
2015
Venezuela
2015

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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