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White-faced Saki (Pithecia pithecia)
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Mammalia
Order Primates
Family Pitheciidae
Genus Pithecia

Pithecia or sakis and saki monkeys, is a genus of New World monkeys. They are closely related to the Bearded sakis of genus Chiropotes.


Body Functionality[]

Sakis are small-sized monkeys with long, bushy tails. Their furry, rough skin is black, grey or reddish-brown in color depending upon the species. The faces of some species are naked, but their head is hooded with fur. Their bodies are adapted to life in the trees, with strong hind legs allowing them to make far jumps. Sakis reach a length of 30 to 50 cm, with a tail just as long, and weigh up to 2 kg.

Habitat and Habit[]

Sakis are diurnal animals. They live in the trees of the rain forests and only occasionally go onto the land. They mostly move on all fours, sometimes running in an upright position on the hind legs over the branches, and sometimes jumping long distances. For sleeping they roll themselves cat-like in the branches. They are generally very shy, cautious animals.


Mating is non-seasonal, and can happen any time during the year. After approximately 150 to 180 day gestation, females bear single young. The young are weaned after 4 months, and are fully mature in 3 years. Their life expectancy is up to 30 years.


Equatorial Saki (Hershkovitz, 1987) (Pithecia aequatorialis)
White-footed Saki (Gray, 1860) (Pithecia albicans)
Cazuza's Saki (nov. 2014) (Pithecia cazuzai sp.)
Golden-faced Saki (I. Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire, 1850) (Pithecia chrysocephala)
Hairy Saki (Spix, 1823) (Pithecia hirsuta)
Burnished Saki (Spix, 1823) (Pithecia inusta)
Rio Tapajós Saki (Gray, 1842) (Pithecia irrorata)
Isabel's Saki (nov. 2014) (Pithecia isabela)
Monk Saki (É. Geoffroy, 1812) (Pithecia monachus)
Miller's Saki (J. A. Allen, 1914) (Pithecia milleri)
Mittermeier's Tapajós Saki (nov. 2014) (Pithecia mittermeieri sp.)
Napo Saki (Lönnberg, 1938) (Pithecia napensis)
White-faced Saki (Linnaeus, 1766) (Pithecia pithecia)
Pissinatti’s Bald-faced Saki (nov. 2014) (Pithecia pissinattii sp.)
Rylands' Bald-faced Saki (nov. 2014) (Pithecia rylandsi sp.)
Vanzolini's Bald-faced Saki (Hershkovitz, 1987) (Pithecia vanzolinii)