Ornate Titi

Kingdom Order Family Genus Species
Animalia Primates Pitheciidae Plecturocebus Plecturocebus ornatus
IUCN Status: Vulnerable
  • Common Name: Ornate Titi
  • Taxonomy Classification Year: 1866
  • Monkey Size: 63.3 to 75.2 cm (24.9 to 29.6 in)
  • Skin Color(s): Gray, brown, black, and white
  • Habitat: Forest
  • Diet: Herbivorous
  • Native Countries: Colombia

Ornate Titi Distribution

Ornate Titi Characteristics

The ornate titi[1] (Plecturocebus ornatus) is a species of titi and the smallest member of the Pitheciidae family, including the uakari and saki monkeys.

  • Ornate titis’ fur covers their entire body except for their face, which is covered in tiny, short hairs.
  • Gray, brown, black, and white streaks of hair alternate with its luxurious gray coat. Also known as agouti, this color combination continues to the tail.
  • Their thick, dense, fluffy fur makes it difficult to see their small faces until they stare at you with bright brown eyes.
  • Although their faces may appear stoic and expressionless, they can clarify their intentions through their facial expressions.
  • Ornate titis have white tufts on their ears and a band of white fur on their foreheads. A unique feature is the burnt red-orange hair on the neck, which looks like a small beard.
  • Their chests, arms, legs, and lower parts are the same burnt orange color.

Ornate Titi Facts

  • Ornate titis have a monogamous mating system. A couple has a strong bond and stays together for years.
  • They prefer to stay together as much as possible and follow each other throughout the day.
  • Ornate titis are very terrestrial and tend to inhabit lower, denser rainforests.
  • When maneuvering through their home range, they use all four limbs (known as quadrupedalism) and sporadically leap short distances when necessary.
  • Like other titi monkeys, the ornate titi is diurnal, rising early in the morning and staying awake and active until sunset.

Suggested Reading: Kinds of Monkeys

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Key References
  • [1]“ORNATE TITI (PLECTUROCEBUS ORNATUS)”. Accessed December 20, 2022. Link.

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