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Brown Capuchin Monkey

By Marla Lise


Photo by Marla Lise



Brown Capuchin Monkey

Scientific Name: Cebus apella

Capuchin monkeys are one of the most widely used primates in television and movies from all over the world. Remember Ross’s little monkey, Marcel, in the series, Friends and Captain Barbossa’s monkey, Jack, in the Pirates of the Caribbean movie? Those were both species of Capuchin monkeys.

These monkeys are highly intelligent and they’ve shown their ingenuity through their use of tools, using rocks to break open fruit. Unfortunately though, their intelligence has caused them to be used in many experiments in laboratories all around the world.




Photo by Marla Lise

They are found in most forested areas around Central and South America. And they actually got their name, ‘Capuchin’, from a group of monks known as the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin, who used to wear brown robes with a large hood to cover their heads.

Although this species is not listed on the IUCN Red List of endangered animals, they have a few relatives that are listed as Critically Endangered, such as the Blonde Capuchin, found in Brazil. Everyday, they are losing more and more of their forest habitat as the forest gets cleared to make way for other human uses, which could mean that these brown monkeys could share the same fate as their blonde monkey relatives in no time.


Pictures of several different species of capuchins


White-faced capuchin

(Costa Rica)


White-headed capuchin monkey



White-faced Capuchin (Cebus capucinus)

(Costa Rica)

White-faced capuchin
White-faced capuchin

(Costa Rica)


White-faced Capuchin

(Costa Rica)

White-faced capuchin
White-faced capuchin

(Costa Rica)


White-headed capuchin monkey



White-headed capuchin monkeys grooming


White-faced capuchin
White-faced capuchin

(Costa Rica)


White-headed capuchin monkey eating fruit



White-faced capuchin

(Costa Rica)


White-faced Capuchin baring its fangs

(Costa Rica)


White-headed capuchin sticking out its tongue



White-faced Capuchin baring its teeth

(Costa Rica)

Brown capuchin monkey
Brown capuchin monkey

(Brazil)

White-faced capuchin
White-faced capuchin

(Costa Rica)


White-headed capuchin monkey


White-faced capuchin
White-faced capuchin

(Costa Rica)


White-faced Capuchin baring its fangs

(Costa Rica)

White-faced capuchin
White-faced capuchin

(Costa Rica)


White-headed capuchin monkey (Cebus capucinus) tearing open an ant nest


White-faced capuchin
White-faced capuchin

(Costa Rica)


White-faced Capuchin (Cebus capucinus)

(Costa Rica)


White-throated capuchin (Cebus capucinus)




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