Bald uakari monkeys are active, intelligent and live in large social groups of up to nearly 100 individuals. Their red faces are thought to be an indication of health, since those infected with malaria have paler faces than those that are immune. These cat-sized little monkeys bounce about the treetops all day long feasting on seeds, fruit, nectar and the odd caterpillar. They only ever venture down from the canopy during the dry season, when pickings are leaner.
Scientific name: Cacajao calvus
Species range provided by WWF's Wildfinder.
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Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web
Population trend: Decreasing
Year assessed: 2008
Classified by: IUCN 3.1
The bald uakari (Cacajao calvus) or bald-headed uakari is a small New World monkey characterized by a very short tail; bright, crimson face; a bald head; and long coat. The bald uakari is restricted to várzea forests and other wooded habitats near water in the western Amazon of Brazil and Peru.