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Bald Uakari

Bald Uakari

Bald Uakari

Bald Uakari Range Map (South America)
Bald Uakari Range Map (South America)
Latin Name Cacajao calvus
Conservation Status Vulnerable
Location N W South America
Colour Golden/Reddish Brown
Length 38 - 57cm (15 - 22.5 inches)
Tail 14 - 18.5cm (5.5 - 7.5 inches)
Weight 3 - 3.5 Kg (6.5 - 7.75 lbs)
Life Expectancy 20 Yrs

Main Characteristics

The most striking characteristic of the Bald Uakari is their bald red face. The colour of their face is also a sign of good health - sick animals develop pale faces.

They have long thick body fur which is either white or red depending on the subspecies and a short bushy tail. Their body length is between 38 and 57 cms (15 - 22.5 inches), their tail length is between 14 and 18.5 cms (5.5 - 7.5 inches) and they weigh between 3 and 3.5 Kgs (6.5 - 7.75 lbs).


Bald Uakaris live in the swampy forests of Brazil, Peru and Columbia. They prefer the areas along small rivers, lakes and swamps rather than the forests that fringe the larger rivers.

They live in a large troop of males and females that consists of between 5 and 30 members. By day they forage around for food and at night they sleep high up in the trees for safety.


The diet of the Bald Uakari mainly consists of seeds, flowers and some small animals.


Bald Uakaris are not prolific breeders - they give birth to one infant every two years. The breeding season is from October to May and their gestation period is unknown.


Predators of the Bald Uakari are birds of prey and humans.


There are 4 subspecies of Bald Uakari and they are:

White Bald Headed Uakari
(Cacajao calvus calvus)

Ucayali Bald Headed Uakari
(Cacajao calvus ucayalii)

Red Bald Headed Uakari
(Cacajao calvus rubicundus)

Novae's Bald Headed Uakari
(Cacajao calvus novaesi)

Interesting Facts

The name Uakari is pronounced Wakari.

Uakari's are the only short tailed American monkey.

Uakaris are also known by the following names:
Red Uakari
Bald Headed Uakari
Scarlet Fever Uakari

Similar Animals

Ayres Uakari
Black-Headed Uakari
Neblina Uakari


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