African Palm Civet

Wondering what an African palm civet sounds like? We are posting bird and mammals sounds on wildsolutions.nl!

The African palm civet, or two-spotted palm civet, (Nandinia binotata) is a small (2 kg), nocturnal, arboreal, solitary predator, and the only species in the family Nandiniidae. The species is endemic to Africa.

The African palm civet occurs from Gambia across the Congo Basin to north Angola, south Kenya, northwest Mozambique and east Zimbabwe (you find the IUCN map here). The African palm civet has an olive-brown body with dark spots and a long bushy tail. This species lives in deciduous forests, rainforests, riverine forests and montane forests from sea level to 2500 m. The African palm civet is predominantly frugivorous but opportunistically feeds on small animals.

African palm civet or two-spotted palm civet (Nandinia binotata) at Ntem, Southern Cameroon. Photograph by Yvonne de Jong & Tom Butynski

African palm civet (Nandinia binotata) at Ntem, south Cameroon. Photograph by Yvonne de Jong & Tom Butynski.

The African palm civet can be locally abundant. Because it is nocturnal and arboreal, this species is not easy to see. Dominant males and neighbouring females communicate by loud ‘hou’ calls that can be heard up to 1 km away.

During primate surveys, members of the Nocturnal Primate Research Group at Oxford Brookes University (UK) recorded the calls of African palm civets, as well as of other mammals and birds. On this page we have posted the ‘hou’ call of the African palm civet. We will, gradually, add the calls of other species. Click here to listen to the African palm civet and other species!



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