SMSC Professor Dr. Anneke DeLuycker documents rare birth event of little-known Andean monkey

Posted: June 27, 2013 at 9:07 pm, Last Updated: August 23, 2013 at 8:01 pm

Titi monkeys (genus Callicebus) are small-bodied South American primates, and they display an unusual social aspect in that they form pair-bonded groups and the male performs most of the offspring care, including carrying the infant. SMSC’s Dr. Anneke DeLuycker, who studied a group of Andean titi monkey (Callicebus oenanthe), a critically endangered species endemic to a small region in northern Peru, had the lucky opportunity to witness a female titi monkey giving birth. She obtained photographs and video footage, which is the first known footage of a titi monkey giving birth in the wild. She also made observations on the behavior of the male during the birth, and found the male to be integral during the birth process. The male remained in contact with or next to the female during the entire birthing event, occasionally grooming her. Almost immediately after the infant was born, the male inspected the infant and started carrying the infant within 24 hours after its birth. The male not only carries the infant, but protects it, rescues it from falls, plays with it, and grooms it. In her paper, Dr. DeLuycker hypothesizes that the immediate, extensive infant care given by the male serves to establish his bond with the infant as well as reinforce his infant care duties, which frees the female from such tasks and allows her to have more time to forage.

You can read her publication HERE

DeLuycker AM. 2013. Observations of a daytime birthing event in wild titi monkeys (Callicebus oenanthe): implications of the male parental role. Primates. DOI 10.1007/s10329-013-0368-0

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