Tufted capuchins vary in colour from light mustard to dark brown and have a very distinct head coloration. They get their name from the tufts of dark hair nestled above their ears and have either a black or brown “cap” of hair with darker sideburns.
Being omnivorous, the diet of the tufted capuchin relies heavily upon eggs, insects, pith, small mammals, birds, squirrels, small reptiles, nuts, and nectar.
They are arboreal monkeys that move through the trees in a quadrupedal (on all fours limbs) motion.
An intelligent species, tufted capuchins are known to be capable of using tools such as stones and branches to open hard nuts. They have also been observed smashing hard to open fruit against trees or other surfaces to get inside.