Image: Little Bentwing-bats Illustration

Little Bentwing-bats Illustration

Little Bentwing-bats are small bats that live in caves and tunnels in south-eastern Australia. They are about 4 cm long with chocolate-brown fur on their back and light brown fur on their belly.

 

Creator:
Andrew Howells
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© Australian Museum

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Little Bentwing-bats are small bats that live in caves and tunnels in south-eastern Australia. They are about 4 cm long with chocolate-brown fur on their back and light brown fur on their belly.

Little Bentwing-bats fly through forests at night hunting for flying insects. They find insects by making small sounds through their mouths which humans cannot hear. The sounds bounce off objects and come back to the bat. The bats listen to the sounds that come back and are able to tell where things are. This is called echolocation. When they know where an insect is they hunt it down.

These bats catch insects in midair and eat them as they fly.

Females give birth to one live young in December each year. The young bats are born helpless and without hair. The young bats feed on milk from nipples located under their mother's armpits. The mothers leave their young in huge nursery groups at the roost while they hunt for food at night. Young bats are fed by their mothers until they are old enough to hunt for themselves.

As Little Bentwing-bats leave their cave at night pythons and Ghost Bats sometimes attack and eat them.

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