Do they make a sound? The question came up in the WH forum and we cannot find the answer. Would anyone know?
I am almost positive that's a mongoose...I have a CD called Animal Calls of Africa with the Banded Mongoose on it and I remember it sounding something like that...
listened to the mongoose sounds I have from the CD (I coppied it onto my computer) and now I think it could be a bird...
Gosh...it could be, Aquila. Will have to make a mental note of that next time one shows up...I always associated that peep sound with a bird or cricket or frog. Hmmm?? Thanks for the heads up!!
I did a short clip of some sounds I hear quite often and usually when a white tailed mongoose shows up. Not sure if it is the mongoose or a bird but I have heard it so many times right before, during or after a mongoose visits.
Can anyone say for sure that is the mongoose making the sound?
I'm having a hard time getting my ears and eyes to work independently....for some reason they seem to want to work together :roll:
Thanks Katja for the search :!:
The above was about mongooses in general.
The calls vary from species to species.
I just read that white-tailed moongooses also whimper.
Thanks, Katja. We appreciate your help. Now we know.
Thank you so much. I will have to conclude that the squeaking sounds I heard were not a mongoose.
I found the following in one of my books, The Safari Companion by Richard D. Estes:
Variety of churring, peeping, murmuring calls by social mongooses.
--> "Conversational" sounds that keep pack members in contact and informed about each other's emotional state. Calls exchanged between mothers and offspring are the precursors.
Response to Predators
Alarm sounds: different ones for avian and ground predators. --> Social mongooses. Pack members respond appropriately to different signals.
Threat Displays: Associated sounds: growling, spitting, screaming
Vocal accompaniment: Churring, growling, barking, screaming, clucking, cackling, explosive spitting --> see species account
Hope that helps...