Pied Tamarin Saguinus bicolor

Pied Tamarin Saguinus bicolor

Pied Tamarin Saguinus bicolor

Critically endangered


The Pied Tamarin lives in primary forests and in small fragments of secondary forests. In primary forests like Reserva Ducke the density is lower than in small fragments (Gordo 2012). They eat fruits, nectar, plants and animal prey (including frogs, lizards, eggs, small birds, spiders and insects). They live in extended family groups of four to 15 individuals.

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The principal threats to the Pied Tamarin include deforestation and habitat fragmentation related to expanding rural settlements and agriculture, livestock production, urban development, an expanding energy matrix and road network, all within this species’ concentrated range in the vicinity of Manaus, the state capital of Amazonas.

IUCN Red List

The Pied Tamarin is considered Critically Endangered due to a projected population reduction of 80% or more in the next 18 years (three generations) due to serious multiple threats suffered within a very concentrated range in and around the city of Manaus: deforestation and habitat fragmentation related to expanding rural settlements and agriculture, livestock production, urban development, an expanding energy matrix and road network and routine collection for the pet trade.

Support the conservation of this species

Merazonia wildlife rescue and sanctuary rehabilitate tamarins and marmosets some of the most trafficked animals in the world. Donate to them here

Durrell Foundation

Action for the Wild

Further Information


Gordo, M., Jerusalinsky, L., Mittermeier, R.A., Rohe, F., Boubli, J., Subirá, R. & Vidal, M. 2019. Saguinus bicolor. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2019: e.T40644A17931870. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2019-3.RLTS.T40644A17931870.en. Downloaded on 16 February 2021.

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