Common Squirrel Monkey

Saimiri sciureus


Class Mammalia   Common Squirrel Monkey
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Order Primates
Distribution South America
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.