The pigtail macaque’s name derives from its small, upright and sometimes curly tail. Pigtail macaques live in troops of up to 50. The dominant male in the group is respected by all the members. Their natural habitat is the rainforest, where they search for food in trees and on the ground.
When the females are in heat (ready to mate), their buttocks swell up and turn bright red.
In their native country, pigtail macaques are sometimes trained to pick coconuts. The owner sends the monkey up the coconut tree, where it picks the coconuts and throws them down to the owner.
4.5–13.5 kg (weight at birth: 500 g)
Indonesia, Malaysia and Brunei where it primarily lives in rainforests – in trees and on the ground alike.
Number of offspring:
1 (twins are rare)
Fruit, seeds, nuts, leaves, twigs and small invertebrates (insects, insect larvae, worms, etc.)