Tamarins are squirrel-sized New World monkeys. They
are closely related to the lion tamarins. They range
from southern Central America to central South America.
They are found in the Amazon basin and north Bolivia
but not in mountainous regions. They live primarily
in tropical rainforests and forest areas. They are diurnal
Tamarin species vary quite a bit specie to specie,
ranging from nearly all black in color to mixtures of
black, brown and white. Many of them also have mustache-esque
facial hairs. Their length ranges from 5 inches to 12
inches (not including their tail), and they weigh 7.8
to 31.7 ounces. In captivity, tamarins have been recorded
as living for up to 18 years.
Tamarins live together in groups of up to 40 members.
More often though the groups are composed of just three
to nine members. Tamarins are omnivores, which means
they eat fruits, plants, spiders, insects, small vertebrates
and bird eggs. They are also known to be monogamous.
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