White-headed Capuchin

The white-headed capuchin (Cebus capucinus) is also known as the white-faced Capuchin or white-throated capuchin. It is a small New World monkey. It is of the family Cebidae. Native to the forests of South and Central America, white-throated capuchins are important to rainforest ecology by their role in dispersing seeds and pollen.

They are among the best known monkeys. White-headed capuchins are recognized as the typical companion to the organ grinder and for the role of “Marcel” in the popular television series Friends. They are highly intelligent monkeys and have been trained as assistants for paraplegic persons.

Physical description

White-headed capuchins have mostly black fur. They have white to yellowish fur around the naked, pinkish face and on the shoulders. They have white throats. A V-shaped area of black fur on the crown of the head is distinctive. The tip of the tail is often held coiled, giving white-headed capuchins the nickname “ringtail”.

Adults may reach a length of 17.13 inches (435 mm) and a weight of 8.6 pounds (3.9 kilograms). Males are perceptibly larger than females, becoming heavier in build with age. The brain of a white-throated capuchin is 2.79 ounces (79 grams).