Pithecia – Sakis

They could run upright on the hind legs over the branches; such an exceptional balancing capability!

These primates can leap high because of their robust physique and well-developed leg muscles. Sexual dimorphism is seen in these species.

They form relatively tiny groups of about 2 to 4 individuals. Group members go between one and two kilometers each day. Early in the morning and early in the afternoon is when they are most active. Up to 9 hours of their waking hours are spent traveling. Males and females, including moms and the young, participate in mutual grooming. More seasoned adults teach young people baby care skills.

Although the Sakis are herbivores (folivores, frugivores, and granivores), up to 90% of their diet is often composed of fruits. Additionally, they have been seen eating seeds, leaves, flowers, and even insects.