Mobbing behavior is an antipredator behavior which occurs when
individuals of a certain species mob a predator by cooperatively
attacking or harassing it, usually in order to protect their
offspring. A simple definition of mobbing is an assemblage of
individuals around a potentially dangerous predator. This is most
frequently seen in avian species, though it is also known to occur
in many other animals such as the Meerkat. While mobbing has
evolved independently in many species, it only tends to be present
in those whose young are frequently preyed on. This behavior may
complement cryptic adaptations in the offspring themselves, such as
camouflage and hiding. Mobbing calls may be used to summon nearby
individuals to cooperate in the attack.
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