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Common dwarf mongooses show a unique social behaviour through their symbiotic relationship with hornbills in the search for food. While the mongooses are foraging, they disturb numerous insects for the hornbills to catch. In return, the hornbills ensure that the coast is clear for the mongooses by warning of any approaching predators.


ClassificationOrder: carnivora; Family: mongoose (herpestidae)
DietMainly insects, but also small vertebrates and bird eggs
HabitatSavannah, open forests, scrublands, as well as sand or gravel plains
ReproductionGestation period: 50–54 days, 2–4 offspring; the group’s dominant female is responsible for most of the pups.

Status according to Red List

More information you will get on the web page of the IUCN Red List.

Verbreitung Südliche Zwergmanguste