Large-Headed Capuchin (Sapajus macrocephalus)

Large-headed capuchins are a subspecies of the tufted capuchin. Subspecies may interbred and result in hybrid offspring. At Secret Valley our capuchin troop has black-capped (or tufted) capuchins, large-headed capuchins and 2 hybrids.

Family– Cebidae

Origin– Large-headed capuchins are a New World Primate from South America. They are found in the Amazon basin and nearby regions. They are found in many different kinds of environment including moist tropical and subtropical forest, dry forest and secondary forest.

Lifespan– up to 45 years in captivity

Diet– Large-headed capuchins are omnivorous. They feed mostly on fruits and insects, but they also eat seeds, arthropods (non insect invertebrates), frogs and even small mammals.

Description- These capuchins are robustly built, males tend to be bigger and heavier than females. They have brown thick rough fur and a long thick tail that is prehensile, meaning it can be used to grasp things and is used like as extra limb. Capuchins are social animals, they live in groups of around 18 individuals (mostly female) that are led by an alpha male. They are arboreal meaning they live up in the trees, however they often forage on the ground for food.

Gestation– 180 days. Capuchins give birth to one offspring, or sometimes twins. The offsrping is carried on the back of its mother and feed for 9 months. Young black-capped capuchins reach sexual maturity at 7 years old.

Conservation- Capuchins are hunted for food and for the exotic pet trade. As of 2015, large-headed capuchins are listed as Least Concern on the IUCN redlist. The species occurs in numerous protected areas in South America, mostly in Colombia but also in Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador and Peru.

least concern