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Equatorial Saki Monkey

Pithecia aequatorialis


The equatorial saki is often confused with the monk saki but the reddish throat and chest of the equatorial saki set it apart. Sakis monkeys are generally small in size, with adults weighing in around 2kg (4lbs) - about the size of a large rabbit. They have long nonprehensile tails, so they rely on just their hands and feet to move from branch to branch in rainforest canopy trees. Equatorial sakis are stealthy and quiet and can be quite difficult to spot - sitting absolutely motionless for long periods of time. Sakis are diurnal (active during the day) and spend their time foraging in the middle to upper levels of the rainforest canopy. They travel in small family groups in search of fruits, seeds, leaves, and ants


They seem to be most common in riverside, seasonally flooded and swamp forests, but have been seen in terra firme forests as well. (Note, the monk saki seems to prefer terra firme forests - so it is possible that these are species specific niche preferences)


These photos were taken an Isla de los Monos, an island refuge for Amazon primates who have been injured and orphaned in the wild or for monkeys that have been rescued from human captors. The monkeys have free range on the island and will eventually leave the island and return to the wild

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KarenL 11 years ago

You might like to also add this to the Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation mission.

AmazonWorkshops 11 years ago

Just updated the notes on this species and learned something new today!

AmazonWorkshops 11 years ago

Thanks Reza - I will be adding field notes ASAP!

Reza Hashemizadeh
Reza Hashemizadeh 11 years ago

Wonderful !

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Iquitos, Peru

Spotted on Jul 15, 2012
Submitted on Jan 24, 2013

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