Long-eared bats

Long-eared bats

Order : Chiroptera
Family : Vespertilionidae
Subfamily : Vespertilioninae
Genus : Nyctophilus

 

Facts about the genus Nyctophilus, the long-eared bats

The fur of Long-eared bats is brown with highlights giving it a two-tone colour.

Another predator of long-eared bats is owls that attack the bats in mid-flight, while hovering, or while perched on a branch out in the open (Nowak, 1994). (Full text)

The colony, which consists of pipistrelle and long-eared bats, is protected by law and cannot be disturbed.

The presence of 32 brown long-eared bats is unprecedented for an underground site. (Full text)

Long-eared bats are found in the Old World and in North America.

Keen's Long-eared Bats are found only in the coastal forest regions of south-eastern Alaska to Northwest Washington, including Queen Charlotte Islands and the BC Coast.

Lesser Long-eared Bats are small bats that roost in caves, roofs, hollow walls, tree hollows and under bark all over Australia, except north-eastern Queensland. (Full text)

Gould's Long-eared Bats are small bats that roost under peeling bark and in tree hollows in south-eastern Australia. (Full text)

Long-eared bats are "vesper" bats—a huge family with some 350 species.

Brown long-eared bats are distributed nearly all over Europe, although they are not recorded in Greece, southern Spain and southern Italy.

Brown long-eared bats are known to land on the ground to catch prey and this habitat can make them vulnerable to domestic cats who often catch and injure or kill bats.

Grey long-eared bats are very rare in mainland Britain but are found in slightly higher numbers in the Channel Islands and on the Isle of Wight.

Plecotus auritus - Brown Long-eared Bat Brown long-eared bats are second only to pipistrelles in their abundance in the British Isles.

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