Black-headed Marmoset

Kingdom Order Family Genus Species
Animalia Primates Callitrichidae Mico Mico nigriceps
IUCN Status: Nearly-Threatened
  • Common Name: Black-headed Marmoset
  • Taxonomy Classification Year: 1992
  • Monkey Size: 22 to 28 cm (9 to 11 in)
  • Skin Color(s): Silvery-gray
  • Habitat: Rainforest
  • Diet: Omnivorous
  • Native Countries: Brazil

Black-headed Marmoset Distribution

Black-Headed Marmoset Characteristics

The black-headed marmoset[1] is a species of marmoset native to Brazil. It inhabits Tropical Rainforests, mainly second growth and fringes.

  • Black-headed marmoset has the characteristic general color pattern of the Argentatus group.
  • The body is silvery gray, with the fur darkening on the ventral and posterior parts.
  • The mantle, arm, and belly have orange and tan tones. The back is brown, the hind legs are orange-brown, and the tail is black.

Black-Headed Marmoset Facts

  • Black-headed marmoset lives in large family groups of 4 to 15 individuals. Typically, only one female per group breeds during any given breeding season.
  • Groups defend home ranges of 10 to 40 ha, the size of which depends on the availability and distribution of food and secondary growth patches.
  • This marmoset inhabits the tropical rainforest with a preference for secondary growth and marginal habitats.
  • These Brazilian monkeys have morphological and behavioral adaptations for uprooting tree trunks, vines, and branches of some species to stimulate the flow of gum they eat.
  • Mico nigriceps is believed to be near threatened due to deforestation related to livestock keeping, agriculture, and the construction of road networks.

Suggested Reading: Types of Monkeys List

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Key References
  • [1]“New records and modelling the impacts of climate change on the black-tailed marmosets | PLOS ONE”. Accessed December 10, 2022. Link.


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