howler monkey


Definition of howler monkey

: any of a genus (Alouatta) of South and Central American monkeys that have a long prehensile tail and enlargement of the hyoid and laryngeal apparatus enabling them to make loud howling noises

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Outings start early—4:30 in the morning, just as the howler monkeys are starting their racket, like a chorus of blowtorches from on high. Austin Merrill, WSJ, "The Amazon: The Heart of the World," 3 Dec. 2018 The zoo is celebrating Calliope's birth and the howler monkey family as a step forward in conservation efforts. Wilborn P. Nobles Iii,, "Audubon Zoo welcomes a new baby howler monkey," 12 Mar. 2018 In one entrancing swath of forest, towering ceiba trees loom and hooting howler monkeys leap from branch to branch in the understory. Lizzie Wade, Science | AAAS, "Colombian scientists race to study once-forbidden territory before it is lost to development—or new conflict," 26 Apr. 2018 The only sounds at La Casa de Campana were natural ones: the trilling of cicadas, songs of wild birds, and an occasional round of portentous roaring from a group of howler monkeys somewhere in the nearby forest. Jon Lee Anderson, Condé Nast Traveler, "Stepping Beyond Cartagena: Exploring Colombia's Northern Reaches," 21 Mar. 2018 Audubon Zoo's World of Primates exhibit welcomed a new baby female black howler monkey in January. Wilborn P. Nobles Iii,, "Audubon Zoo welcomes a new baby howler monkey," 12 Mar. 2018 Yellow fever is tearing through primate populations, wiping out squirrel and howler monkeys. Ellen Airhart, WIRED, "These Conservationists Are Desperate to Defrost Snake Sperm," 13 Mar. 2018 Roaring howler monkeys serenaded us but kept out of sight. Alex Pulaski, San Francisco Chronicle, "Size matters: Small-boat cruise offers close-up of Panama, Costa Rica," 14 Dec. 2017

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1932, in the meaning defined above

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