The white-headed capuchin (Cebus capucinus), also known as the white-faced capuchin or white-throated capuchin, is a medium-sized New World monkey of the family Cebidae, subfamily Cebinae. Native to the forests of Central America and the extreme north-western portion of South America, the white-headed capuchin is important to rainforest ecology for its role in dispersing seeds and pollen.
- The white headed capuchin is the only capuchin species in Central America.
- The white-headed capuchin has a prehensile tail that acts as an extra hand.
- The capuchins have got their name after the black cap - "capuche" - its Italian monks bar.
- The white-headed capuchins live in very social groups, making it difficult for predators such as snakes and jaguars to access them.
- The capucin can carry on malaria and other diseases that can be passed on to humans, which can make it dangerous to have them as pets.