Comparison of the diet of the yellow mongoose in a coastal and a Karoo area

Avenant N.L. ; Nel J.A.J. (1992)

The diets of Cynictis penicillata occurring in Karoo and West Coast Strandveld ecosystems were compared, using faecal analysis. Insects were the most important prey in both study areas. Rodents and reptiles were important as food at the coast, while bird remains were present in >10% of scats from both areas. Only at the coastal site did dietary patterns of yellow mongooses reflect fluctuations in prey availability. The presence, in small quantities, of other prey types in scats at both study sites indicates opportunistic feeding behaviour. -from Authors

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