Moustached guenon

Cercopithecus cephus

 In the picture a mustached guenon is eating a branch with green leaves. IUCN Red List endangerment category: Least concern
  • Family
    Old World monkeys (Cercopithecidae)
  • Weight
    up to 4 kg
  • Habitat
    Tropical rainforests

Effective communication

The moustached guenon can vocalise a range of sounds to communicate with other members of its group. Juveniles, for example, use a soft, trilling call in descending pitch when interacting with older animals. The moustached guenon also communicates with a variety of facial expressions. When two rivals meet, they raise their eyebrows as a threat gesture and stare at each other intently.

Moustached monkey

Both the males and females have a dark blue face. The moustached guenon derives its name from the bright white stripe located between the nose and upper lip that resembles a moustache.

A blue guenon cat looks straight at you.

The moustached guenon can leap up to 20 m  from branch to branch, while using their long tail to steer them.


Distribution Moustached guenon