The capuchins are New World monkeys of the genus Cebus. They were named for their “caps” of hair, which resemble the cowls of Capuchin monks.
The range of capuchin monkeys includes Central America and South America as far south as northern Argentina. Like most New World monkeys, capuchins are diurnal and arboreal. They have prehensile tails and opposable thumbs. Capuchins are considered the most intelligent New World monkeys.
Scientific Name: Cebus apella
Brown capuchins, also known as tufted or black-capped capuchins, are found east of the Andes from Colombia and Venezuela to Paraguay and northern Argentina. This species inhabits moist subtropical or tropical forests, but has also been seen in dry forest, gallery forest, disturbed and secondary forest. >>
Scientific Name: Cebus olivaceus
The weeper capuchin is found in the countries of Brazil, Colombia, French Guiana, Guyana, Suriname, and Venezuela. This species is found in dry and rainforests, and prefers to live in the understory, also called the sub canopy, or lower but will also occasionally travel on the ground. >>
Scientific Name: Cebus capucinus
This species is native to the forests of Central America. They prefer to live in large areas, forming troops of up to 20 individuals. >>
Scientific Name: Cebus albifrons
The white-fronted, also known as cinnamon, capuchin is found in the countries of Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Venezuela. >>