Buff-headed Capuchin

South America


Sapajus xanthosternos


  • Uncontrolled hunting of this monkey species plays a major role for significant population decrease.
  • Its natural forest habitat is also being cleared for man-made developmental purposes.

The Golden-Bellied Capuchin is a New World monkey that is endemic to Brazil. This endangered primate species from the Sapajus genus has other names including buffy-head capuchin and yellow-breasted capuchin due to the gold hue of its chest and belly area. Adult males are slightly bigger and taller than females but the tail length is almost similar to the body length. Although its body is predominantly reddish-brown, its head has a black patch.

Primarily arboreal in nature, its body is designed for effortless climbing – with a stubby thumb, long fingers, a fully opposable big toe, and a prehensile tail. It can live up to 25 years in the wild and up to 50 years in captivity.