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Azara's Night Monkey

Azara's Night Monkey
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Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-09-15
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Nikon D90, AF Nikkor 70-300mm f4-5.6 G, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/4.8, 1/60 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite wild animal photos 3 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2014-03-02 6:56
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Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Azara's Night Monkey (Aotus azarae), also known as the southern night monkey, is a night monkey species from South America. It is found in Argentina, Bolivia, Peru and Paraguay. The species is nocturnal and monogamous, with the males providing a large amount of parental care. It is named after Spanish naturalist Félix de Azara. The species is listed as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List.

There are three subspecies of Azara's Night Monkey.
• Aotus azarae azarae
• Bolivian night monkey, Aotus azarae boliviensis
• Feline night monkey, Aotus azarae infulatus

Physical characteristics
Due to a lack of data body size and weight measurements of Azara's Night Monkey have been estimated from a small number of wild samples. The average head and body length of the female is 341 mm while the male is 346 mm, the male weighs from 1,180 to 1,254 g and the female, 1,190 to 1,246 g. Its gestation period is about 133 days. The average lifespan of Azara's night monkey is 20 years.

Behavior and ecology
Azara's Night Monkey is a monogamous species, with the male remaining present to raise the offspring and provide food. The offspring will only stay with its family until two to three years of age and then will disperse to begin a family of its own. There is very little sexual dimorphism in this species.

Azara's Night Monkey is primarily a frugivore, but also will eat things such as leaves, flowers, and insects. One of the main advantages of being a nocturnal animal is that there is greatly reduced competition from diurnal animals.

Azara's Night Monkey spends its life in trees and becomes more active when the moon is brighter, tending to keep to its well-known paths. Azara's Night Monkey can be found sleeping in groups of between 2 and 5 others in trees. The average group size is about 3 monkeys. It leaps from tree to tree but also moves quadrupedally throughout the forest.

Habitat and distribution
Azara's Night Monkey is distributed throughout southern Central America and northern South America. It can be found in Panama, northern Colombia, northwestern Venezuela, northern Peru, southern Brazil, and eastern Ecuador. It is also found in parts of Bolivia, Paraguay, and Argentina. It tends to live in vine forests that are low as well as tall forests with dense canopies. Very little research has been conducted on Azara's Night Monkey due to the fact that it is nocturnal.

The majority of the Azara's Night Monkey species is abundant and widespread and has no current extinction threats. However, there are some threats due to high rates of habitat disruption.

Source: Wikipedia

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Hello Peter,
Beautiful light,outstanding details and nice clarity.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2014-03-02 7:28]

Hi Peter,the eyes of this monkey remember me my first meeting with a lemur in the Madagascar forest many years ago,absolutely great this portrait with a spectacular quality despite the difficult location and light.Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

hallo Peter
super mooie opname daar scoor je weer mee op TN
super goed licht en prachtige kleuren
scherpte en compositie zijn erg goed
bedankt weer gr lou

Hello Peter,
Thanks for visiting my gallery. This is a truly interesting image with a strange specie of Monkey. Excellent details and perfect focus as you usually do.
Thanks for sharing!

Hello Mr.Peter,
You always shows new species.Here this Monkey is new to me.Yes,it's true.I haven't seen this species before.Great focus with nice natural ambiance.
Thanks for sharing,

Thanks for your comment on my last post.

What a wonderful photograph of the night monkey, Peter. You've left me speechless, simply spectacular! Thanks for the invaluable contribution of this record, to our beloved "base images" of TN.

PD: You've brought me fond memories, because when I turned 15 (in 1975!) A beloved aunt who loved me a lot, gave me a wonderful book (which had a high price at the time) and I wanted enormously, called "MAMMALS" authored by Ivan T. Sanderson, a Scottish biologist, explorer and student of the paranormal and cryptozoology, who always admired a lot.

The top of the cover of that book was precisely the frontal portrait of a night monkey. I am attaching a link where it shows (thanks!):

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2014-03-02 16:29]

Hello Peter,
What a cute expression this little Night Monkey has on it's face. Those big brown eyes just seem to mesmerize you right from the start. I love it's beautiful coat, especially the white markings on it's face. The orange patch on it's chest and belly are also very eye catching.
It's funny but the pads on it's feet kind of remind me of the pads on the toes of a tree frog. Great shot!!

Hello Peter,
照的清晰 很漂亮的猴子
顏色鮮豔華麗 第一次見到覺得很新奇
光線亮麗 畫面很清楚 尤其是眼睛真是太亮麗和可愛
構圖美麗 背景深遂

Hello Peter,

Hope you are well. In the flashlight the Azar's Night Monkey which is new for me, appears so marvellous.The hands, fingers and the foot look splendid, almost like humans'.As Hernon has noticed, it is an amazing shot with those eyes conveying such a lot to the viewers, thanks for sharing a unique photo, take care,

warm regards/Abid

Wow, look at those extremely expressive eyes, Peter! Man, this picture is sheer magic. Perfect use of fill flash to capture this adorable Monkey from Brazil, apparently in low light conditions.
Thanks and regards.

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2014-03-03 4:15]

Shalom Peter,

This is a truly splendid picture of a lovely night monkey. Great details all over. It's nice to see the hands and feet so we'll, too.



Hello Peter,
A wonderful captured of this lovely Monkey, excellent eye contact, very good details sharpness, and beautiful colours, a great picture,
Thanks for sharing and have a nice evening,
Best Regards,

We don't see those everyday!
Nice capture of this nocturnal creature,
not so easy to shoot as you had to use flash i guess.
Very intresting animal,
TFS, Ronny

Ciao Peter, great capture of cute creature, wonderful natural colors, excellent clarity, fine details and splendid light, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

THIS IS GREAT.........

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2014-03-04 3:48]

Hi Peter.
What a touching scene you managed to catch. Eye-contact is simply stunning. I like a whole scene too. Charming animal behind the thick tree branch at nice natural surroundings is looked amazingly. Fill flash is used very fruitfully too. Excellent job. Nice wishes and TFS.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2014-03-04 4:22]

Hello Peter,
Again a most interesting creature. I didn't know much about night-monkeys, thanks also for the note. The big eyes they have show that they are night-active. Very well presented shot with ideal vertical framing and best sharpness. Very well done, indeed.
Thanks a lot too for your kind words on my last shot.
Take care.

Ciao Peter. The best use of theflash. Beautiful colours excellent details for the expressive guy.


Hello Peter

Beautiful photo of this nocturnal exotic monkey from South America,
beautiful pose of the subject, fine frontal POV obtaining its expressive glance,
beautiful light from the Flash that help for the great focus, sharpness, and details, TFS


Hello Peter,
Nice details and nice clarity.

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