Pied tamarin clinging to tree branch

Pied tamarin

Pied tamarins are small New World monkeys with big parenting skills. Group care is very important, with all members of a small group looking after the young. Unusually for primates the males do more than their fair share, providing most of the carrying and foraging but handing over to the female for nursing. Only the dominant female in a group will mate, her pheromones stopping the other females from ovulating.

Twins are often born and they emerge fully furred but quite helpless, unable to even cling to their parents. The young will ride around on an adult's back until they are six or seven weeks old and can fend for themselves. Pied tamarins have an extremely small home range, restricted to a small region of the Brazilian rainforest in and around the city of Manaus.

Scientific name: Saguinus bicolor

Rank: Species

Common names:

Brazilian bare-faced tamarin


The Pied tamarin can be found in a number of locations including: Amazon Rainforest, South America. Find out more about these places and what else lives there.


The following habitats are found across the Pied tamarin distribution range. Find out more about these environments, what it takes to live there and what else inhabits them.

Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web

Conservation Status


  1. EX - Extinct
  2. EW
  3. CR - Threatened
  4. EN - Threatened
  5. VU - Threatened
  6. NT
  7. LC - Least concern

Population trend: Decreasing

Year assessed: 2008

Classified by: IUCN 3.1


  1. Life
  2. Animals
  3. Vertebrates
  4. Mammals
  5. Primates
  6. Callitrichidae
  7. Saguinus
  8. Pied tamarin