IUCN STATUS: Least concern
Considered the most intelligent of the New World monkeys, black capped capuchin are native to central and south America where they live in a range of habitats, including mangroves and rainforests.
Classified as omnivores, their diet consists of fruit, seeds, nuts, insects, lizards, eggs and crustaceans. They are one of the few species outside of the great apes that have been observed using and making tools, often using stones to break open fruit, nuts and crustaceans.
They live in large groups of up to 40 individuals with one alpha male, subordinate males, related females and their offspring.
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