Brown Capuchin Monkeys

Brown Capuchin Monkeys, Peru

Brown Capuchin Monkeys, Peru

Whether we observe monkeys in the wild or at the zoo, they often bring a smile to our faces, as we watch their antics and activities.  The New World monkey called capuchins, from the Genus Cebus, are widespread.


There are many kinds of capuchin monkeys, so named for their resemblance to the brown-roped attire worn my capuchin monks.  The brown capuchin or Cebus apella, photographed here, can easily be found in the Amazon rainforest.


They are usually seen dancing in the treetops searching for food.  Their diet is wide and varied, ranging from frogs to fruits and everything in between.  They look like they are flying, as they grab onto one branch and skillfully glide through the air to the next branch, cavorting with their mates.


I’ve heard it said that humans find monkeys endearing because they have a resemblance to our species.  Although I doubt I will ever master the capuchin’s level of canopy travel, I do find their locomotion skills a marvel to behold.


Photo credit:  Athena Alexander

35 thoughts on “Brown Capuchin Monkeys

  1. I find the monkeys fascinating too, and agree with you that we might never master that kind of canopy travel. We saw so many types of monkeys in Africa and they often made us laugh…some of their antics are so much like ours 🙂

    • Funny to name a monkey after a monk, isn’t it Andrea? And I’m with you, there’s always something fun to experience while watching a monkey. Thanks for stopping by! 😀

  2. I’m still shaking from the sound of the Howler Monkeys (from a past posting)! I’m not sure I find any monkeys endearing after that!

    • Now I am laughing really hard, whereas I was just chuckling as I responded to your howler comment. The monkeys do, I confess, take some getting used to sometimes. lol. 😀 😀

  3. These monkeys are very gregarious and they were picked to perform in circuses, I’ve seen them dance for coins or pick your fortune (small pieces of paper like Chinese cookies type in South America. They are extremely agile and easy to learn when tamed. Thanks Jet! 🙂

    • And the capuchins were the monkeys that organ grinders did street performances with as well. “Gregarious” explains them well, HJ. Thanks so very much, as always, for your kind and thoughtful comment! 😀

  4. Jet that would be something to do the canopy walk of these fellows. As always gorgeous photos and interesting information. Are there any animals you and Athena have not seen? 🙂

    • I think that’s why the capuchins are such a successful species, because they have such a variable diet. So glad you enjoyed the post, Indah — many thanks! 😀

  5. They are just adorable! I must say the last time I saw a monkey at the zoo, I felt sorry for it. She looked me in the eyes and for a moment I felt like a sad human was hiding inside there… Animals should be free, not locked in a zoo. Some have more problems with this than others, and monkeys are a good example of such creatures. Thanks for sharing! Beautiful post, as always 🙂

    • ooohh, I have my sites on Borneo. Did you see any wild orangutans? Now that’s a monkey I would love to see! Thanks so much dotr, I’m happy you enjoyed the post. 😀

      • Yes, I saw some adults and babies, but under the rain as it was the rainy season. The guide told us they are considered as ape and not monkey, because they don’t have a tail and because their arms are really long 🙂 I didn’t know that !

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