What Is a Red-Faced Monkey Called?

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The primate commonly referred to as the “red-faced monkey” is known as the red uakari, pronounced “wakari.” The small primates live in the Amazon River Basin of South America and prefer flooded rain forests and locations near water sources.

The primates have striking bald heads and unusually short tails relative to other South American monkey species. Red uakaris are especially social animals and live in gatherings called “troops,” splitting into smaller groups to forage during the day. The red-faced herbivores consume a diet heavy in fruit, mixed with insects and leaves and sleep high in the rain forest canopy at night.