Animal Species:Little Bent-wing Bat

Many hundreds of Little Bent-wing Bats roost together in a colony, often sharing their roosts with Common Bent-wing Bats.

Little Bent-wing Bat

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Standard Common Name

Little Bent-wing Bat

Habitat

Little Bent-wing Bats roost in caves and mine tunnels, and also tree hollows. Many hundreds of these bats roost together in a colony. Often they share their roosting site with colonies of Common Bent-wing Bats.

Feeding and Diet

Little Bent-wing Bats feed on small insects that fly beneath the canopy of thick forests. They are agile fliers, having to manoeuvre through the trees to catch their prey.

Life cycle

Female Little Bent-wing Bats have a single baby in summer. They leave their babies in nursery caves at night to go and hunt, returning in the morning.

Conservation Status

Little Bent-wing Bats are vulnerable to disturbance from human visitors to cave roosts, destruction of caves by limestone mining, and loss of feeding habitat by forestry operations, clearing and land degradation from agriculture.

Classification

Species:
australis
Genus:
Miniopterus
Family:
Vespertilionidae
Order:
Chiroptera
Subclass:
Eutheria
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Phylum:
Chordata
Kingdom:
Animalia

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3 comments

FITZVISION - 11.10 PM, 26 October 2010
We have a small family of 5 living inside a large 'cowbell' hanging on our verandah. They are very cute...around 4 cm long and fly off at dusk to do their 'shopping'! I first discovered one fallen below the bell, firstly thinking it was a leaf! I scraped it up onto a leaf and then onto a gardening glove and offered it some water droplets. (see pic) Since then it has settled in and brought some friends along. We love watching them and trying to catch a glimpse of their flight out each night - like a fleeting shadow. Amazing creatures.

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cleohib - 4.06 AM, 26 June 2009
this is very intresting

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