Squirrel monkeys often form mixed groups with capuchin monkeys for larger group protection, and in addition they benefit by collecting the insects that the larger capuchins disturb while travelling noisily through the forest. They live in large groups. Subgroups within the main group may form during the non-mating season, but are abandoned once mating begins.
Although squirrel monkey groups are dominated by the females, males form their own dominance hierarchy. However, social position does not necessarily guarantee success in mating. A female with no infant may become an "aunt" to another female's infant; this is usually a temporary relationship. Males, on the other hand, may still play with other juveniles during their "subadult" period of life. Squirrel monkey groups tend to avoid one another, rarely engaging in territorial disputes.To download the fact sheet on the Blue and Gold Macaw please click here.
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