Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Female capuchin monkeys throw stones to attract mates

By Ella DaviesReporter, BBC Nature

Female capuchin monkeys have been filmed throwing stones at potential mates as a form of flirtation.

The primates whine, pull faces and follow potential mates around in scenes reminiscent of the school playground.

But scientists say this is a serious business for female capuchins as it is their only chance to secure a partner.

The previously unrecorded behaviour was filmed for the BBC/Discovery Channel co-production series Wild Brazil.

Filmmakers captured the footage of bearded capuchins - a subspecies of tufted capuchins - in Serra da Capivara National Park, Brazil.

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