When 15th century explorers first saw this monkey, the head pattern reminded them of the “cappucino” (small hat) used by friars of the Franciscan monks.
They inhabit a large range from Brazil north into Central America.
Capuchin monkeys live in the forest in large groups of from 10 – 35 individuals.
They spend the day, except for a noontime nap, searching for food and sleep in the trees at night.
Capuchin monkeys are omnivores and consume a variety of plants, flowers, seeds and fruits.
An adult body can reach 12 – 22 inches in size with a same length tail.
In captivity some reach the age of 45 years but the natural life expectancy is from 15 – 25 years.
Natural predators include Jaguars, Coyotes, Cougars, Snakes, Crocodiles and Birds of Prey.
At Gumbalimba Park in Roatan, Honduras they are very friendly with visitors.