Common Squirrel Monkey

The common squirrel monkey (Saimiri sciureus) is a small New World primate from the Cebidae family. It is native to ten different countries of South America. They are Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Peru, Suriname, Venezuela and Puerto Rico.

It lives in very large groups, up to 300 individuals. They stay in moist tropical forests, and usually roam in the medium and lower levels of the forest. It sleeps close to the canopy. The females are the dominant members of the group.

It is a very agile monkey, with a high metabolic rate. It feeds primarily on insects and other invertebrates. It also feeds on fruits, seeds and other plant parts.

It is common to see these squirrel monkeys in mixed groups, moving along with other primate species and birds.