Dwarf mongoose and hornbill mutualism in the Taru desert, Kenya

  title={Dwarf mongoose and hornbill mutualism in the Taru desert, Kenya},
  author={O. Anne and E. A. Rasa},
  journal={Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology},
  • O. Anne, E. Rasa
  • Published 1 June 1983
  • Biology
  • Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology
SummaryDwarf mongooses in the Taru desert region of Kenya form foraging communities with a variety of endemic bird species, especially hornbills. [] Key Result There is a positive relationship between the number of mongooses in the group and the number of birds accompanying them. A true mutualism only exists between the mongooses and the two hornbill species Tockus deckeni and T. flavirostris since their presence or arrival affects the subsequent start of foraging. These two hornbill species have also been…

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