The Wied’s Marmoset (Callithrix Kuhlii) is a New World Monkey in the Callitrichidae family of monkeys. The Wied’s Marmoset is also sometime referred to as Wied’s Black-Tufted-Ear Marmoset, and differs from other marmosets by living in groups of 4 or 5 females and 2 or 3 males. Like most other marmosets, the offspring are always born in pairs. Wied’s Marmoset is highly social, spending much of its time grooming itself. They have their own distinctive calls, and they communicate through gestures and territorial marking as well.
The Wied’s Marmoset usually resides in tropical and subtropical rainforest regions in southeastern Brazil. The middle to lower part of the rainforest provides the Wied’s Marmoset with plenty of tree sap and small prey even in times of severe drought.
The Wied’s Marmoset’s diet consists mainly of tree sap, but they will also eat fruit, nectar, flowers and seeds, as well as spiders and other small insects to supplement their nutrition. Because their food is located primarily in the middle and lower part of the rainforest, you can typically find them travelling and in the company of Golden-Headed Lion Tamarin monkeys.
Fun Wied’s Marmoset Facts
- Like other marmosets, the offspring are always born in pairs.
- Wied’s Marmoset lives in groups consisting of 4 or 5 females and 2 or 3 males.
- Wied’s Marmoset monkeys are most commonly eaten by birds of prey, felines, and snakes.
- They are matriarchal, and only the dominant female is allowed to mate.