15 Types Of Monkeys With Red Faces

Monkeys are one of the smartest animals in the world and are divided into a diverse range of species. They are closely related to apes and are mostly seen on trees. Here is the list of 15 types of monkeys with red faces,

Monkeys with Red Faces

1. Mandrill (Mandrillus sphinx)

Mandrill is the largest species of monkeys mostly seen in the western and central parts of Africa. They are one of the animals with big noses that can grow between 25 to 32 inches in length and the average weight is between 24 to 82 pounds. They have cheek pouches which are adapted for the storage of food. The dietary habit is omnivorous and feeds on fruit, grass, fungi, insects, eggs, and various worms. These are territorial animals that occupy territory of 20 square miles. It is also listed as one of the animals with big lips in the world.


2. Snow Monkey (Macaca fuscata)

Snow monkeys are one of the cleverest types of monkeys because they can learn easily and share new skills and hunting with other snow monkeys in the group. Snow monkeys can wash sweet potato in the water and even some monkeys use salty water for this purpose because they prefer the salty taste of the food. They are playful creatures and are often seen making snowballs and rolling them on the ground during the winter.  The avarage lifespan of a snow monkey is between 10 to 30 years in the wild. It is one of the cutest monkeys in the world.

The Japanese Macaque also known as snow monkeys because they are also seen in snow-covered areas where snow covers the ground for months each year. These Japanese macaques are found on Japanese islands such as Honshu, Shikoku, and Kyushu. It used to live in a group of 20–30, led by the dominant male. Female species spend most of their time in trees, while males spend most of their time on the ground. During feeding or moving, these monkey species often emit “coos,” which is a sign of keeping the troop together and strengthening social relations between females.

Snow Monkey

3. Bald Uakari (Cacajao calvus)

The Bald Uakari also known as bald-headed uakari is one of the four species of uakari that is mostly seen in the western Amazon in varzea forests of Brazil and Peru. Both males and females have a  bright crimson face and the head color defines the species. These ugly monkeys are social animals that are seen in groups of up to 200 individuals. The avarage lifespan of Bald Uakari is upto 18 years in the wild and 30 years in captivity. The primary diet includes fruit, seeds, nectar and insects.

Bald Uakari

4. Red-faced spider monkey

The Red-faced spider monkey also known as the Guiana spider monkey or red-faced black spider monkey is mostly seen in the rain forests in northern South America. The body length is between 55.2 to 55.7 cm and the average weight is between 8.4 to 9 kg. These are arboreal animals and have the ability to climb and jump and mostly live in the upper layers of the trees and forage in the high canopy.  The dietary habit is herbivores in nature and primarily feed on young leaves and flowers, young seeds, floral buds, roots, bark and honey. 

Red-Faced Spider Monkey

5. Tibetan macaque

The Tibetan macaque is also known as the Chinese stump-tailed macaque or Milne-Edwards’ macaque mostly seen in eastern Tibet east to Guangdong and north to Shaanxi in China.  They are mostly seen at elevations of from 800 to 2,500 m above sea level. It is one of the largest monkeys found in Asia.  The infant species has silver-and-black fur that changes to its adult color at the age of two.

Tibetan macaque

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6. Formosan rock macaque

The Formosan rock macaque also known as the Formosan rock monkey or Taiwanese macaque is one of the monkeys with a red face endemic to the island of Taiwan, however, it has been also introduced to Japan. The body length is between 50 to 60 cm in length and the average weight is between 5 to 12 kilograms. The avarage lifespan of Formosan rock macaque is upto 30 years in the wild. The primary diet includes fruits, tender leaves, buds, grass stems, insects, snails, and bird eggs.

Formosan rock macaque

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7. Ashy Red Colobus

The Ashy Red Colobus also known as  Ugandan red colobus is an endangered species of red colobus monkey that has been recognized as a distinct species since 2001.  They are seen mostly in Africa (East Africa). These monkey species are multi-male and predation can affect group size which ranges in size from as few as 3 to as large as 85 individuals, although an average group size is around 40 individuals.  The primary diet of the monkey species includes leaves of different trees.

Ashy Red Colobus

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8. Bolivian Red Howler

The Bolivian Red Howler is one of my monkeys with a red face that is endemic to  Bolivia.  These monkey species can be seen in the rain forests, including riverine and seasonally flooded forests. They are seen in groups with one to three males, and two to seven females.  They are seen in places such as Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Perú, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, and Venezuela.  The avarage lifespan of Bolivian Red Howler is upto 20 years in the wild.

Bolivian Red Howler

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9. Crab-eating Macaque

The crab-eating macaque also known as the long-tailed macaque is a  cercopithecine primate native to Southeast Asia. These monkey species are seen in smaller groups with a female dominance hierarchy, and male members leave the group when they reach puberty. The main source of food is crabs, however, they are opportunistic omnivores, eating a variety of animals and plants. The habitat includes primary lowland rainforests, disturbed and secondary rainforests, shrubland, and riverine and coastal forests of nipa palm and mangrove.

Crab-Eating Macaque

10. Rhesus Macaque

The Rhesus macaque is a species of  Old World monkey that can be seen on both trees and on the ground.  The body length is between 47 to 53 cm and avarice wieght is between 5.3 to 7.7 kilograms. The avarage lifespan of Rhesus Macaque is upto 30 years in the wild. It is native to  India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, Myanmar, Thailand, Afghanistan, Vietnam, southern China, and some neighboring areas.  The dietary habit is omnivorous in nature and feeds on seeds, roots, bark, fruits, and cereals.

Rhesus Macaque

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11. Hamadryas Baboon

Hamadryas Baboon is one of the monkeys with red faces, and during ancient Egypt, they were considered the representatives of the Egyptian god of learning and hence also known as secret baboons. However, today, these animals are extinct in Egypt and are currently found in Ethiopia, Somalia, Saudi Arabia, and Yemen. The adult male can be identified as silver-white in colour; however, females are capeless and brown all over. The colour of the face varies from reddish to tan to dark brown. These primates were found from the Red Sea in Eritrea to Ethiopia, Djibouti, and Somalia, as well as Yemen and Saudi Arabia in the southwestern part of the Arabian Peninsula.

Hamadryas Baboon

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12. Golden-White Bare-Ear Marmoset

Golden-White Bare-Ear Marmoset, also known as White Marmoset, is a species of marmoset endemic to the Amazon rainforest in Pará, Brazil. The scientific name of the golden-white bare-ear marmoset is Mico leucippe, and other names include Callithrix argentata ssp. leucippe and Callithrix leucippe. They are found in Brazil and are a species of concern belonging to the species group “mammals.”

Golden-White Bare-Ear Marmoset

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13. Bonnet Macaque

The bonnet macaque, also known as zati, is a species of macaque endemic to southern India. The body length of a bonnet macaque is up to 30 to 60 cm, and its avarag weight is between 3.5 and 9 kilograms. This is an Old World monkey that is endemic exclusively to India and has a cap-like coil of fur on its head that points outward from the center. The overall coloration of the monkey species is more of a dusky brown to golden yellow with a red face as well as black ears and a lower lip. The average lifespan of a bonnet macaque is between 20 and 35 years in the wild. The primary diet includes fruits, nuts, cereals, seeds, leaves, berries, flowers, and foliage, supplementing this diet with bird eggs and various invertebrates.

Bonnet Macaque

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14. Proboscis Monkey

Proboscis is a type of monkey that used to depend on its group with the help of exposing their teeth and emitting loud, honking signals; however, females are responsible for foraging and caring for infants. These animals with big noses sometimes unite in areas of sufficient food or close to the water. In order to claim that the males will emit honks, they will also produce alarm calls to signal danger. Both male and female species will make threat calls, but these calls are different. The primary diet includes fruits, seeds, young leaves, and shoots of mangroves, supplementing this diet with occasional caterpillars, larvae, and other invertebrates.

Proboscis Monkey

15. Ecuadorian capuchin

The Ecuadorian capuchin scientifically known as Cebus aequatorialis  is a species of capuchin monkey  that belongs to family Cebidae.  They have a varied diet and feed on insects, fruits, and other invertebrate species. They are also seen eating epiphytic bromeliad leaves because they are tender; however, the most important food still includes fruits and invertebrates. They are found in the regions of the Ecuadorian Capuchin, from western lowland Ecuador to north-west Peru. 

Ecuadorian capuchin

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