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Pied Tamarin Fact Sheet

  • Latin Name

    Saguinus bicolor
  • Class

  • Order

  • Range

    Brazilian rainforest, north of the Amazon River

  • Status

    Endangered. Lincoln Park Zoo cooperatively manages pied tamarin populations with other institutions in the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

  • Habitat

    As arboreal primates, pied tamarins live in the upper parts of trees within forests and swamps.

  • Niche

    Pied tamarins live in social, multi-male/multi-female family groups. While they primarily eat fruits and flowers, they will gobble insects.

  • Life History

    The vast majority of births are twins, born with fur, but helpless for a few weeks. Males provide much of the care for offspring, carrying the youngsters and feeding them once they wean.

  • Special Adaptations

    • Pied tamarins may help disperse plantlife by eating fruits and dropping their seeds.
    • They communicate audibly with whistles and chirps. They mark their scent throughout their territory. Visual signals are used, and pied tamarins employ complex tactile communication, primarily via social grooming.


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