Have you ever seen a monkey with a bald head and a bright red face? If you have, you probably met a bald uakari, a small primate that lives in the Amazon rainforest. Bald uakaris are very interesting animals with some unique features and behaviors. In this article, we will learn more about these monkeys and why they have such a striking appearance.
Bald uakaris are about 14 to 22 inches long, not including their very short tails, which are only about 6 inches long. They weigh between 4 and 6 pounds, which is about the same as a small cat. They have long, shaggy fur that can be white, red, or brown, depending on the subspecies. Their most distinctive feature is their bald head and red face, which is caused by the lack of skin pigments and the presence of many blood vessels under their facial tissue. Their red face is also a sign of good health, as sick or malarial monkeys have pale faces.
Habitat and Diet
Bald uakaris live only in the western Amazon basin, in Brazil and Peru. They prefer flooded forests and areas near water sources, such as rivers and lakes. They are arboreal, meaning they spend most of their time in the trees. They use their arms and legs to move nimbly through the branches, but they do not use their short tails for balance like other monkeys do. Bald uakaris are herbivores, meaning they eat mostly plants. They feed on fruits, seeds, nuts, leaves, and some insects. They have strong jaws that can crack open hard nuts like Brazil nuts.