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Owl-faced monkey +

Cercopithecus hamlyni

Themenwelt: Gondwanaland
  • Owl-faced monkey
  • Owl-faced monkey
  • Owl-faced monkey

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It was thought that the owl-faced monkeys copy large owls like a mimicry. This impression was based on their white, beak-like line on their noses and on their owl-like behaviour of using their heads as pendulums in case of danger. How-ever, this theory was never confirmed. The day-active primates live in small groups and
are only rarely kept in zoos. Status according to Red List: vulnerable

Classification:

Order primates, family guenons and relatives; are closely related to baboons and macaques like rhesus monkeys

Diet:

Fruit, berries, buds, herbs, eggs and small animals

Habitat:

Mountain forests of the upper reaches of the Congo and humid mountain forests up to a height of 4,000 metres

Reproduction:

Gestation time: 5–6 months, 1 young (250–350 g); weaning: 6 months; sexual maturity: 3–4 years; maximum age: up to 28 years

Status according to Red List/ distribution area

Status according to Red List:

IUCN web page