Fun Pied Tamarin Facts For Kids

Aashita Dhingra
Nov 18, 2022 By Aashita Dhingra
Originally Published on Aug 05, 2021
Edited by Monisha Kochhar
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Read these Pied Tamarin facts to learn more about this monkey.
Age: 3-18
Read time: 5.0 Min

Pied Tamarins are also known as Sanguinus bicolor scientifically. The Pied Tamarins belong to the Callitrichidae family. These are endangered species.

The Pied Tamarins are small animals. These animals are found in tropical regions of Central and South America and Mexico.

Some of the Pied Tamarins live in protected areas. These species are omnivores but do prefer to eat fruit flowers. This animal is mostly found in forests.

These animals live in groups of many males and females. The Pied Tamarins have non-opposable thumbs and it resembles claws. Only the dominant female in the group breeds and this dominant female can mate with multiple mates.

The communication among the Pied Tamarins includes whistles and chirps. These animals are known to live for 10-15 years. While the exact number of Pied Tamarins is unknown, it has been recorded that there are around 170 Pied Tamarins in zoos throughout the world.

Predators of these species include small wild cats, birds of prey, and snakes. Males and females of the species of Pied Tamarins look similar and there are not many differences.

Most of the care of the infant is done by the male and only given to the female for nursing. These species are considered to be intelligent species. It is quite fascinating to know about the animal Pied Tamarins, so read on to learn more about their behavior, population, communication, habitat, and conservation.

You may also like to read about the Vervet Monkey and cotton top tamarin too.

Pied Tamarin Interesting Facts

What type of animal is a Pied Tamarin?

The Pied Tamarin is a type of monkey.

What class of animal does a Pied Tamarin belong to?

The Pied Tamarin monkey belongs to the class of mammals.

How many Pied Tamarins are there in the world?

The recent estimation states that there are around 170 Pied Tamarins living throughout the zoos of the world. There are not very many of them now.

Where does a Pied Tamarin live?

The Pied Tamarin is found in tropical forests in Brazil.

What is a Pied Tamarin's habitat?

The Pied Tamarin habitat is mostly lowland rainforests. They are found in areas of the plateau, slopes, and stream valley bottoms.

Who do Pied Tamarins live with?

The Pied Tamarins live in multi-male and multi-female groups of around 2-12 individuals.

How long does a Pied Tamarin live?

The Pied Tamarin lifespan is around 10-15 years.

How do they reproduce?

Only the alpha or the dominant female of the group breeds and thus, the reproduction of other females is behaviorally suppressed and these alpha females mate with several males. The gestation period lasts for about 140-170 days and 80% of the time twins are born.

Young tamarins are primarily cared for by the males and only turned or given to females for nursing. The group also helps with the care of the young ones.

What is their conservation status?

The Pied Tamarins are a Critically Endangered species. Except for predation, the reasons for the Pied Tamarins being endangered include urban sprawl and rural expansion. This has led to the destruction of habitat for these monkeys.

Pied Tamarin Fun Facts

What do Pied Tamarins look like?

The Pied Tamarins are comparatively small but have proportionally large claws. The neck and shoulder of the Tamarin are covered with shaggy white fur but from waist and down, the coat is almond-colored.

They have a black hairless face, round eyes, and large ears. The tamarins have flat noses with sideways nostrils. The male and the female of the species look alike.

The black face and fur of this monkey are some of the identifiable features.

How cute are they?

The tamarins are considered cute by a lot of people because of their small size and fluffy fur.

How do they communicate?

As these animals are highly territorial, they use body language and high-pitched vocalizations to scare predators and alert members of the groups. They also use scent markings and series of whistles and chirps.

How big is a Pied Tamarin?

Pied Tamarins are considered to be comparatively smaller and are around 9.4 in (240 mm) long and weigh around 1 lb (0.5 kg).

How fast can a Pied Tamarin move?

Pied Tamarins can move or travel up to a speed of 24 mph (39 kph).

How much does a Pied Tamarin weigh?

Pied Tamarins can weigh around 1.01 lb (0.46 kg).

What are their male and female names of the species?

There are no specific names for the male and female of the species.

What would you call a baby Pied Tamarin?

There is no specific name for a baby Pied Tamarin but they are just referred to as infants.

What do they eat?

The Pied Tamarins are omnivores and tend to eat figs, flowers, insects, spiders, lizards, frogs, and bird eggs. The Pied Tamarin diet mostly is to feed on plants and fruits.

Are they loud?

Sometimes these Pied Tamarins get loud when threatened and sometimes, the calls or vocalizations get louder as they get longer.

Would they make a good pet?

In general, tamarins monkeys are considered to be small and intelligent, and friendly but also require a lot of commitment and dedication. However, there is not much specific information available about Pied Tamarins as pets.

It should also be kept in mind that the Pied Tamarins are a critically endangered species and should not be removed from their natural habitat or conservation efforts.

Did you know...

Because of the female dominant groups, the Pied Tamarins are known to be matriarchal species, although the male takes the most care of the offspring.

These groups are found in only the quadrant of restricted forests in Brazil.

These bare-faced tamarins are the only monkeys in the genus that have a hairless face.

The bare-faced tamarins are considered to be New-World monkeys, a taxonomic grouping of five primates found in the tropical regions.

Pied Tamarins are also the most endangered Amazonian primates.

The Pied Tamarin superfamily is Ceboidea.  

Different types of Tamarins

The several species of Tamarins are widely distributed in different parts. This is mainly in southern Central America through to Central South America.

Though they are not generally found in mountain regions, they can be seen in the Amazon basin and in northern Bolivia. The several species include Cotton-top Tamarin, Emperor Tamarin, Red-Handed Tamarin, Moustached Tamarin, White-footed, and white-lipped Tamarin, Black Tamarin, and  Mottle-faced Tamarin.

How does the Pied Tamarin move around?

The locomotion of the Pied Tamarin monkeys is diurnal, arboreal, and quadrupedal. They forage in trees using all four limbs by leaping and clinging from branches.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly animal facts for everyone to discover! Learn more about some other mammals including slender loris, or aye-aye.

You can even occupy yourself at home by drawing one on our Pied tamarin coloring pages.

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Based in Lucknow, India, Aashita is a skilled content creator with experience crafting study guides for high school-aged kids. Her education includes a degree in Business Administration from St. Mary's Convent Inter College, which she leverages to bring a unique perspective to her work. Aashita's passion for writing and education is evident in her ability to craft engaging content.

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