Bushy-tailed mongoose

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Bushy-tailed mongoose
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Herpestidae
Subfamily: Herpestinae
Genus: Bdeogale
Species: B. crassicauda
Binomial name
Bdeogale crassicauda
Peters, 1852
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Bushy-tailed mongoose range
(green - extant, pink - probably extant)

The bushy-tailed mongoose (Bdeogale crassicauda) is a mammal in the family Herpestidae found in central Africa, from southern Kenya to central Mozambique.

It is 40–50 cm (16–20 in) long, weighs 0.9–1.6 kg (2.0–3.5 lb), and feeds on small birds and eggs.


  • B. c. crassicauda, central Mozambique, Malawi and Zambia
  • B. c. nigrescens, Central Kenya (Nairobi)
  • B. c. omnivora, found in northern coastal Tanzania and Kenya, is classified by the IUCN as endangered (as B. omnivora)
  • B. c. puisa, northern Mozambique and southern Tanzania
  • B. c. tenuis, found in Zanzibar, is classified as lower risk/least concern.


  1. ^ Hoffmann, M. (2008). "Bdeogale crassicauda". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2008. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 22 March 2009.  Database entry includes a brief justification of why this species is of least concern