Life Span: 13 years in the wild, but survive longer in captivity (oldest was 24 years)
Size: 20.8-25.9cm (without tail)
Cotton Topped Tamarins have a large variety of different bird like chirps and whistles that are used for communication. Scientists have recorded over 38 different calls all related to different circumstances. Vocal communication is very important in dense jungle as visual communication can be difficult.
While only the two dominant adults will have offspring, all members of the group will cooperate in the raising of the youngsters. Grooming, carrying, protecting and even play behaviour is done by all members of the group.
Tamarins are important seed dispersers, seed that have higher germination rates than normal seeds.