Capuchins and Squirrel monkeys

34 species

Capuchin and squirrel monkeys are found throughout tropical and subtropical South and Central America. They are arboreal animals that only rarely travel on the ground. They live in groups of between 5 and 40 individuals and are generally diurnal in their habits. The capuchin monkeys are considered to be the most intelligent New World monkeys. They are clever and easy to train. As a result, they are used to help people who are quadriplegics in many developed countries. Capuchin monkeys have also become popular pets and attractions for street entertainment. They are readily identified as the "organ grinder" monkeys and have been used in many movies and television shows. Squirrel monkeys belong to the genus Saimiri which is roughly translated as "small monkey", it was also used as an English name by early researchers. Their fur is short and close, colored black at the shoulders and yellowish orange on its back and extremities. The upper parts of their heads are hairy. This black-and-white face gives them the name "death's head monkey" in several Germanic languages. Unlike other New World monkeys, the tail of squirrel monkeys is not used for climbing but as a kind of "balancing pole" and also as a tool. Both capuchin and squirrel monkeys are omnivores and mostly eat fruit and insects, although the proportions of these foods vary greatly between species.
Capuchin and squirrel monkeys are found throughout tropical and subtropical South and Central America. They are arboreal animals that only rarely travel on the ground. They live in groups of between 5 and 40 individuals and are generally diurnal in their habits. The capuchin monkeys are considered to be the most intelligent New World monkeys. They are clever and easy to train. As a result, they are used to help people who are quadriplegics in many developed countries. Capuchin monkeys have also become popular pets and attractions for street entertainment. They are readily identified as the "organ grinder" monkeys and have been used in many movies and television shows. Squirrel monkeys belong to the genus Saimiri which is roughly translated as "small monkey", it was also used as an English name by early researchers. Their fur is short and close, colored black at the shoulders and yellowish orange on its back and extremities. The upper parts of their heads are hairy. This black-and-white face gives them the name "death's head monkey" in several Germanic languages. Unlike other New World monkeys, the tail of squirrel monkeys is not used for climbing but as a kind of "balancing pole" and also as a tool. Both capuchin and squirrel monkeys are omnivores and mostly eat fruit and insects, although the proportions of these foods vary greatly between species.