Order : Chiroptera

  Bats are the cause of many myths and have always appealed to our imagination. Be it in a good way, like Batman, or in the form of Dracula. Bats are mammals that can fly because they adapted their forelimbs into wings. Their wings are, unlike birds, skin supported by four fingers. Bats are the only mammals that can fly.  Most feed on insects, some have the ability to feed on fruits. Vampire bats really do exist, but only three species in Central and South America are known. Vampire bats feed on large birds, cows, horses and pigs.

vampire bat All of the members of chiroptera (bats) are active during the night or during the twilight. Instead of relying on their sight, bats have excellent senses of smell and hearing. By emitting high-pitched sounds and listening to the echoes, the bats sense prey and other nearby objects. This is called echolocation. Echolocation is also common among dolphins and whales.


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Animals in the order Chiroptera

Golden-capped fruit bat
Jamaican fruit-eating bat
Western barbastelle
Chocolate wattled bat
Bumblee bat or hog-nosed bat
Vampire bat
Northern ghost bat
White bat
Straw-colored fruit bat
Big brown bat
Hoary bat
Red bat
Mexican long-nosed bat
Southern long-nosed bat
Australian false vampire bat or ghost bat
Antillean ghost-faced bat
Bechstein's bat
Lesser mouse-eared bat
Geoffroy's bat
Gray myotis
Whiskered bat
Indiana bat
Greater bulldog bat
Giant noctule
Vietnam leaf-nosed bat
Greater spear-nosed bat
Common pipistrelle
Spectacled flying fox
Indian flying fox
Lyle's flying fox

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