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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


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


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


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


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

Vulnerable (VU)

Status according to Red List:Vulnerable (VU)

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