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Capuchin Monkey

Capuchin Monkey
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Copyright: James Parker (Jamesp) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-04-13
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 1Ds MkII, Canon EF 300mm f2.8 USM IS
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/50 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite wild animal photos 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-08-06 13:29
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Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I have been away for some time. I intend to post from time-to-time - it was taking up a lot of time before.

I took this shot on a visit to Panama over Easter. The shot was taken from a boat. Although the troop were wild they were relatively used to seeing people.

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 found in much of Central America and a small portion of South America. In Central America, its range includes much of Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama. It has also been reported to occur in eastern Guatemala and southern Belize, but these reports are unconfirmed. In South America the White-headed Capuchin is found in the extreme north-western strip between the Pacific Ocean and the Andes Mountains in Colombia and northwestern Ecuador. It is among the most commonly seen monkeys in Central America's national parks, such as Manuel Antonio National Park, Corcovado National Park, Santa Rosa National Park and Soberania National Park.

It is found in many different types of forest, including mature and secondary forests, and including evergreen and deciduous forests, dry and moist forests, and mangrove and montane forests. However, it appears to prefer primary or advanced secondary forests. Also, higher densities of White-headed Capuchins are found in older areas of forest and in areas containing evergreen forest, as well as areas with more water availability during the dry season.

Among the best known monkeys, the White-headed Capuchin is recognized as the typical companion to the organ grinder. In recent years the species has become popular in North American media. It is a highly intelligent monkey and has been trained to assist paraplegic persons. It is a medium-sized monkey, weighing up to 3.9 kg (8.6 lb). It is mostly black, but with a pink face and white on much of the front part of the body, giving it its common name. It has a distinctive prehensile tail that is often carried coiled up and is used to help support the monkey when it is feeding beneath a branch.

In the wild, the White-headed Capuchin is versatile, living in many different types of forest, and eating many different types of food, including fruit, other plant material, invertebrates, and small vertebrates. It lives in troops that can exceed 20 animals and include both males and females. It is noted for its tool use, including rubbing plants over its fur in an apparent use of herbal medicine, and also using tools as weapons and for getting to food. It is a long-lived monkey, with a maximum recorded age of over 54 years.

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Wowwwwwwwwwwwwww..... Jamesssssss! A great surprise to see you again Brother! i found golden now! Welcome back brother!
An awesome shoıt of this pretty Capuchin Monkey from nice POV with excellent composition.
TFS this beauty and wellcome back one more! Hug!

I am sooo very happy you are back James. I have been asking around with no luck and now you magically come back and become my neighbor.

What a great re-entry James...it is the cutest thing that only you can do in your inimitable way!

welcome back ,a really nice pic for your return, TFS Ori

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-08-06 17:21]

Hi James,

It's nice to see you again!!!! I love this wonderful monkey who is staring right at you. You captured him in a great pose in the tree. The face is marvelous and very expressive. The eyes, nose and mouth are magnificent. Lovely natural colors, excellent details, beautiful setting and composition.


Hi James,

So good to see you back posting again, what a great image too, a stunning shot of this beautiful White-headed Capuchin, excellent detail, perfect framing and composition, really looking forward to seeing more of your work, welcome back mate, all the best,

Cheers Rick

Hello James
I'm so glad to see you back. I'm sure you could add a few more countries to your to your photo library to make it complete ; )

You have captured a very cute little Capuchin Monkey. I like the way he is peeking out from the jungle. Love the soft lighting, detail and composition.
Interesting notes too.
TFS Janice

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-08-06 22:03]

Hello James
a fine capture with wonderful colors and excellent details

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2009-08-06 23:47]

Nice to see you again James, good to see you're still travelling too. Very good clear unobstructed view of this little fella, well framed in a great setting.

Long time no see! welcome back James,
A very good photo indeed ,as usual
Have a nice W-E

Prerciosa toma James, y además de un gran realismo. Buena expresión del mamífero y bien situado en su hábitat.
Saludos: Josep Ignasi.

Hallo James
I, just as all the others before me is glad to see you back again. I just told somebody the other day how I miss your penguin images, and here you are back, not with a penguin but a pretty and very cute faced Capuchin Monkey. The expression captured on this little guy's face is priceless. The image is just as great as your intro page which I read again and was in awe for all the interesting places and pleasant adventures you experienced as child and now as adult as well. What I can gather you are not only a excellent photographer but also an excellent tutor, proofing me right if I read the interesting note that accompanied your image. I was a great pleasure to stop at this delightful image. Best regards.

What a surprise, James!
I'm so glad to see you're back!
An awesome shot of this cute monkey, bro!
I love the way the greenery frames the monkey!

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-08-07 10:55]

Hello James,
Wonderful to see you back.
Fantastic photo of this Capuchin Monkey in great sharp details and very beautiful colours. The head is amazing. Excellent frontal POV and composition.
Have a good weekend,

Hi Paul, good to see you back

Great engaging shot of this capuchin.
Excellent composition, sharpness and deatails.


Hi James,
Great to see your photos again. I hope that with your return the site will become a better place again. I've missed something here which made me less active.
You returned with a wonderful photo. The expression is beautiful and I like how its standing it is natural habitat.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-08-10 3:44]

Hello James,
I'm so pleased that you too have decided to return even if not on such a regular basis. Your selection of photographs from around the world are always a great joy to look at!! This is a wonderful capture of this beautiful Capuchin Monkey popping out of the bush. Excellent sharpness and colours and a pleasing composition.
TFS and all the best wishes, Ulla

Hi James,

an very nice shot from these monkey.
Good pov with fine natural colours.


hello James

this is a excellent and beautiful photo prise sur le vif
as we say in French, a fine frontal POV, fine focus
with excellent sharpness and details, and i love all
that branches and vegetations around the animal, TFS


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