To listen to this article, please select Control + Shift + Z to launch the pop-up player.

Browser out-of-date!

You are using an out-of-date web browser, to avoid problems when using A-Z Animals and other sites we strongly recommend you upgrade to the latest version of your web browser!
Get Firefox Get Google Chrome Get Opera Get Microsoft Internet Explorer Get Apple Safari
Remove Advertising
A-Z Animals - Animal Facts, Images and Resources A-Z Animals - Animal Facts, Images and Resources A-Z Animals - Animal Facts, Images and Resources

Animals >>

Cottontop Tamarin

 Add to Phobia Filter  Contribute  Print  Listen
Cotton-top Tamarins (Saguinus oedipus). Bronx Zoo, New York City
Cottontop tamarin, Singapore Zoo
Cotton-top Tamarin, Perth Zoo
Cottontop Tamarin
Cottontop Tamarin (Saguinus oedipus) in Zoo Duisburg
The Cottontop tamarin is a small species of monkey found in the forests of South America. The Cottontop tamarin was named because of it's elegant white fur that flows over it's head and shoulders.

The cottontop tamarin is found in tropical forest edges and secondary forests from Costa Rica to north western Columbia where the cottontop tamarin spends the majority of it's life in the trees.

Cottontop tamarins are among the smallest of the primates with a body length of 17 cm and tail length of 25 cm. The forelimbs of the cottontop tamarin are shorter than the hind limbs, and unlike other monkeys the thumb of the cottontop tamarin is not opposable and it does not have a prehensile tail.

The cottontop tamarin is a diurnal primate which means that the cottontop tamarin is most active during the day and rests in the safety of the tree tops during the night. cottontop tamarins are very sociable animals and inhabit their territory with their rest of the cottontop tamarin troop which generally have between 2 and 14 members. Cottontop tamarin troops are led by the eldest female and have predominantly male members.

The cottontop tamarin is an omnivorous animal meaning that the cottontop tamarin hunts both plants and other animals in order to survive. Fruits, insects and green plants make up the majority of the cottontop tamarin's diet along with small rodents and reptiles, eggs and tree sap.

Due to the relatively small size of the cottontop tamarin, it has a number of predators within it's natural environment. Wild cats, dogs, snakes and birds of prey are primary predators of the cottontop tamarin, along with humans who are destroying their natural habitat.

The cottontop tamarin usually breeds between the months of April and July, when the female cottontop tamarin will give birth to twins (or a single infant) after a four to five month gestation period. The male cottontop tamarins carry and groom infants more than the females do, but females clean the infant more than the males do. Older siblings are also known to contribute to infant care, although infants prefer to be carried by their parents than by their siblings. Infant cottontop tamarins become mobile at 2 to 5 weeks, and begin eating solid food at 4 to 7 weeks. They are independent at 10 to 18 weeks and are fully weaned at 15 to 25 weeks. Sexual maturity is attained at about 2 years of age.

Today, the cottontop tamarin is considered to be a critically endangered species with an estimated wild cottontop tamarin population of just 6,000. The main reason for the severe decline in the cottontop tamarin population is that they have lost more than 75% of their natural habitat to deforestation.

Cottontop Tamarin Comments (7)


"Cotton top tamirins are so cute! "


"Great facts"

The Times

"Ah, how great is nature comparing to other artificiality that humans made..."

Showing 3 of 7 comments.

Show More Comments

Post Comment

Your Name:

Article Rating:

Your Comment:

Cottontop Tamarin Translations

Catalan Català
Saguinus oedipus
Czech Cesky
Tamarín pinčí
German Deutsch
English English
Cottontop Tamarin
Esperanto Esperanto
Longharverta tamarino
Spanish Español
Saguinus oedipus
Finnish Suomi
French Français
Pinché à crête blanche
Hebrew עִבְרִית
טמרין ראש כותנה
Hungarian Magyar
Gyapjasfejű tamarin
Italian Italiano
Saguinus oedipus
Dutch Nederlands
Norwegian Norsk
Polish Polski
Tamaryna białoczuba
Swedish Svenska
Chinese 中文

Article Tools

Print Article
View printer friendly version of Cottontop Tamarin article.
Listen to Article
Listen to audio version of Cottontop Tamarin article. Hot key: CTRL key + Shift key + Z key

Cottontop Tamarin Facts

Five groups that classify all living things...
A group of animals within the animal kingdom...
A group of animals within a pylum...
A group of animals within a class...
A group of animals within an order...
A group of animals within a family...
Scientific Name:
Comprised of the genus followed by the species...
Saguinus Oedipus
The animal group that the species belongs to...
What kind of foods the animal eats...
Size (L):
How long (L) or tall (H) the animal is...
18cm - 30cm (7in - 12in)
The measurement of how heavy the animal is...
220g - 900g (7.7oz - 32oz)
Top Speed:
The fastest recorded speed of the animal...
40km/h (24mph)
Life Span:
How long the animal lives for...
8 - 15 years
Whether the animal is solitary or sociable...
Conservation Status:
The likelihood of the animal becoming extinct...
Critically Endangered
The colour of the animal's coat or markings...
Black, White, Brown, Tan
Skin Type:
The protective layer of the animal...
Favourite Food:Fruit
The specific area where the animal lives...
Lowland tropical forest
Average Litter Size:
The average number of babies born at once...
Main Prey:
The food that the animal gains energy from...
Fruit, Insects, Rodents
Other animals that hunt and eat the animal...
Hawks, Snakes, Wild Cats
Distinctive Features:
Characteristics unique to the animal...
Small body size and long, thin tail

Related Animals

Emperor TamarinEmperor Tamarin
Has an elegant white moustache!
Geoffroys TamarinGeoffroys Tamarin
Has distinctive V shape on head!
Golden Lion TamarinGolden Lion Tamarin
Native to the eastern rainforests of Brazil!
Pied TamarinPied Tamarin
Only found in one area of Brazil!
Red-handed TamarinRed-handed Tamarin
Red hair on hands on feet!