Capuchins are considered to be a medium-sized monkey, weighing about 5-7 lbs. and growing to a length of 1-2 feet long (without their tails). They use their tails, which can grow longer than their body, as a safety line when zipping through the trees. A tail that can act like an arm or leg is called a prehensile tail.
They live in large, loud troops (a group of monkeys is called a troop). Generally a troop is made up of between 2 to 30 individuals. The troops have one adult male plus females and their young. The usually travel an average of over 1 mile per day and they are very territorial. Capuchins will fight with other capuchins and other species of monkeys to defend their territory.
Capuchins mostly eat fruit and insects, but they will also eat bird eggs, young birds, baby squirrels, and even small lizards.
For further exploration, check out the following web sites.
Wilderness Classroom's Rainforest Library
Hilo Zoo's Capuchin Page
The Hogel Zoo's Capuchin Page
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