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Mammals
 
Common Squirrel Monkey
Saimiri sciureus
Class Mammalia

Order Primates

Distribution Southeast Brazil

Habitat Tropical rainforests

Conservation
Status
Listed under Appendix II of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES)

Characteristics and Behaviour

Common Squirrel Monkeys are small and agile. They are diurnal and arboreal, but may climb down to lower parts of the rainforests for food such as insects and fruits. Living in groups of 10 to 30, Common Squirrel Monkeys can produce different kinds of noise for communications or warnings.

In each birth, a female usually produces one infant which can climb up tree branches after birth and is cared for by its mother only.


Diet Common Squirrel Monkeys are omnivorous, mainly feeding on insects, birds°¶ eggs, fruits, nuts, flowers, seeds and nectar.
Common Squirrel Monkey
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