Saki-monk-photo and description of how it looks and where it lives

Saki-monk (lat. Pithecia Monachus) an ordinary saki genus, a parlor of a widenosed monkeys, the Sakov family, from the subfamily Pitheciinae subfamily.


Saki, known as the Saki monk, who are also called the Miller Miller or Damn Saki, is a small primate (rather, medium size), with shaggy wool and a long tail. The body length of this primacy reaches up to 50 cm, and its tail is the same size. Saki’s weight reaches up to 2.6 kg and males are usually an order of magnitude heavier than females. The wool of these monkeys is black with gray films, but the limbs are usually brighter. The face is partially bastard and the characteristic feature of Saki are two narrow white stripes from the eyes towards the mouth.

This type of primate usually does not hang upside down. This is due to the fact that their fluffy tail is not intended for a grave function, it is not too tenacious. Long enough (almost like a body!) the tail, rather, performs a decorative function. He is also able to support the monkey in the jump. This method of movement is even commonly called flight. And Saki the only monkeys that can move like that.


Saki mediumsized primates, with black skin and hairless face, but on the rest of the head a magnificent “collar” of wool stands out. Primates usually lead a daytime (rather twilight), lifestyle, and live in the crowns of trees. They do not like to go down to Earth, they differ in the nature of wary and shyness, preferring maximum lower levels.

In size, the monkey does not differ much from a large rabbit, and its thick tail and a rough fur with a rim around the face make the appearance of a primacy of a memorable.

Saki used to move on all fours, but if necessary, they are capable of straightforwardness if we are talking about a large branch or even a jump over a cliff. During the day, the monkey prefers to move in small family groups, looking for food (her diet includes vegetable and animal food).

A feature of Saki’s appearance is this hat of the hair on the head and an impressive beard on the cheeks and chin combined with a bald face. Can boast of trihedral serious fangs with pointed incisors, the lower glad of which are located under the almost horizontal inclination forward

Where it lives

Ordinary Saki are common in the forests of South America (we are talking about its northern part) in the Amazon basin, to the banks of the Orinoko River, from the foot of the Andes to Guiana. The habitat of Saki is tropical rain forests as a rule, territory along the coast of water bodies. This type of primate lives in small monogamous groups of the family type and prefers plant food in the diet fruits, flowers, berries, honey, leaves. They are omnivorous, so they can consume food of animal origin insects, mice and birds.


The living space of these monkeys is represented by forests: Saki lead an active lifestyle throughout the day, upholstered in high levels of crowns. They live in permanent places in groups of up to 5 monkeys (family), but sometimes you can meet couples. At night, they sleep on branches (turning around with a ball like cats).

Sound signals of this species are piercing and loud, although usually Saki very rarely give a voice (especially the moments of content in captivity). These primates tolerate the lack of freedom, can hysteria and miss, and sometimes depressed.

White Saki

Saki survive very poorly in captivity. This affects stress resistance. They are capable of not only instantly panic, but also experience a strong shock, for example, if they simply rearrange the cage with it.


Typically, a female of this species gives birth to only 1 cub throughout the marriage season (while the family group can include up to five animals). The period of pregnancy in Saki lasts 170 days, and care for the born baby is the task of the female, for which monkeys first wear the baby on the stomach, and then he moves to the mother’s back.

Interesting Facts

Dr. Laura Marsh studied these South American monkeys for 10 years, and after publishing the results of this study in Neotropical Primates, the possibility of revising the systematics of these types and highlighting new.

Whitefaced saki

The researcher carefully studied the copies of this species, they cartilage in almost 40 museums in almost 30 cities in the territory of 17 countries. She studied a little less than 1000 skins of these animals, almost seven hundreds of their skulls and several hundred photographs that were taken in free life and in zoos. And the conclusions of the scientist made it possible to draw a sensational discovery: the Pitheciinae genus includes 16 species, six of which were previously considered subspecies, and five were described by the researcher.

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