If you want to learn about Bald Uakaris, this page contains
lots of useful information about the habitat and lifestyle
of the Bald Uakari, as well as how it is affected by changes
to the rainforests.
The Bald Uakari or Cacajao calvus is sometimes
called the Bald-headed Uakari or Red Uakari. It is a distinctive
red-faced monkey found in swampy forests in Colombia,
Peru and Brazil. The species is considered "near threatened"
by the World Conservation Union Red List of 2004, due
to hunting and habitat destruction.
This monkey has little fur on its face, with bright red
facial skin being a sign of good health, which enables
it to choose the healthiest (most red-faced) to mate with.
It has long, thick, red or white body fur with a short,
bushy tail. It is on average 22 inches or 55 centimetres
long and weighs around 3 kg or 6.5 lbs. Its tail is around
15 centimetres or 5.9 inches long. The Bald Uakari usually
lives to around 20 years of age. It feeds mainly on seeds
and flowers, as well as some small animals.
Living in mixed groups of between five and 30 members,
it spends most of its time at ground level looking for
seeds, and at night it sleeps in trees to keep safe. The
breeding season runs from October to May. The female encourages
the male to mate by releasing an attractive scent. For
these monkeys, the gestation period is still unknown.
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