Brants's whistling rat at the entrance to a burrow in the sand

Brants's whistling rat

Brants's whistling rats are one of two whistling rat species that live in southern Africa. Their whistle is an alarm call to warn of an approaching predator.

Scientific name: Parotomys brantsii

Rank: Species

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Map showing the distribution of the Brants's whistling rat taxa

Species range provided by WWF's Wildfinder.

The Brants's whistling rat can be found in a number of locations including: Africa. Find out more about these places and what else lives there.


The following habitats are found across the Brants's whistling rat distribution range. Find out more about these environments, what it takes to live there and what else inhabits them.

Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web

Conservation Status

Least Concern

  1. EX - Extinct
  2. EW
  3. CR - Threatened
  4. EN - Threatened
  5. VU - Threatened
  6. NT
  7. LC - Least concern

Population trend: Stable

Year assessed: 2008

Classified by: IUCN 3.1