All bats can
see, however bats have developed the use of echolocation to find
food when navigating and hunting for food at night. Bats make
high-frequency sounds, and the echoes of these sounds bounce back
which enables a bat to make a mental map. Using this mental map
they are able to avoid the smallest of obstacles whilst locating
their prey. In just a split second Echlocation enables bats to
determine the size of objects, their location, how fast they are
travelling and even their texture!
Species of Bats
are almost 1,000 species of Bats! These many species are divided
into two sub-orders:
- Megachiroptera (Large Bat or magabats)
- Microchiroptera (Small Bat or microbats)
Facts about where Bats live and what they eat!
Bats are native to all continents except the
The common habitat are caves, trees, and buildings.
The diet of Bats varies according to the species. Types of food
consumed by bats include insects, small mammals, birds, fish and the famous and the
blood-eating vampire bats of South America!
Basic Facts about Bats
The name of a male is referred to
as simply a male
The name of a female is referred to as simply a female
The name or offspring, or a baby bat, is a pup
The average size of a litter is just one
The collective name for a group of Bats is a colony
Bats and Vampires!
America there are blood eating bats, called vampire bats! Hence
the connection between bats and vampires!
Cool and Fun
Facts about the life, behavior
and personality of Bats
- During the day bats rest in a
variety of roosting places
- Some of the large megabats hang
upside down from tree branches in enormous numbers
- The vampire bats of South America
are named the Desmodus, Diphylla, and Diaemus
- Vampire Bats feed entirely on blood
which is freshly drawn from small wounds inflicted on prey such
as fowl, cattle, horses, swine
- The bites of vampire bats have
started outbreaks of rabies
- Vampire Bats occasionally feed on
the blood of human beings!