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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.
|Classification||Order: carnivora; Family: mongoose (herpestidae)|
|Diet||Mainly insects, but also small vertebrates and bird eggs|
|Habitat||Savannah, open forests, scrublands, as well as sand or gravel plains|
|Reproduction||Gestation period: 50–54 days, 2–4 offspring; the group’s dominant female is responsible for most of the pups.|