Two bis(saccharinato)copper(II) complexes with 2-aminomethylpyridine (ampy) and 2-aminoethylpyridine (aepy) have been prepared and characterized by elemental analyses, IR and electronic spectroscopy, magnetic measurements and single-crystal X-ray diffraction. The copper(II) ion in trans-[Cu(sac)(2)(ampy)(2)] has -1 site symmetry and is octahedrally coordinated by two neutral ampy and two anionic sac ligands, whereas the copper(H) ion in [Cu(sac)(2)(aepy)(H2O)] is five-coordinate with a distorted square-pyramidal coordination geometry. Both ampy and aepy behave as bidentate (N,N') chelating ligands, while the saccharinate anion (sac) in the title complexes is N-coordinated. IR spectra of both complexes display typical absorption bands of bidentate aminopyridines and N-bonded sac ligands. Thermal decomposition behavior of the complexes is described in detail.