Golden-handed Tamarin
Saguinus midas

CLASS: Mammalia
ORDER: Primates
FAMILY: Callitrichidae

Body length 8 - 11 inches; tail length 13 -17 inches; weight 15 - 20 ounces

Brazil, Guyana, French Guiana, Suriname

Tropical Forests, edges, swamps; open high canopy preferred

Wild - Fruits, seeds, insects and other animal prey
Zoo - Fruits, biscuits, insects

Yellowish-red hands and feet; black head, face, and underparts; black back variegated with yellow. Tail of tamarins is never banded.


  • Group size ranges from 2 - 12
  • Quadrupedal
  • Dirunal and arboreal
  • They forage at 16 - 82 feet. They prefer large branches and leap up to 26 feet.
  • Individuals solicit grooming by "lying down with throat exposed to groomer."
  • Threat display includes wrinkling the muzzle, head shaking, baring the teeth, and calling. Breeding female dominates the group. Males do not threaten her.
  • Mating is preceded by mock fighting and tonguing. Scent marks are made before and after mating and during threat displays.
  • Contact call: pi-pi-pi; Warning call: di-ah