GREATER FALSE VAMPIRE/Behaviour, Distribution, Habitat, Size, Weight, IUCN stetus

GREATER FALSE VAMPIRE

DESCRIPTION: This is a large, well-built mouse-grey bat with paler undersides and an almost whitish belly. Its wings are broad and the membranes are greyish black. The large translucent greyish ears are fringed with white hair and are joined for at least two-thirds of their length. The face is hairy, but the snout is naked and it has a tall nose leaf that resembles two ovals stuck together. The base of the nose leaf is rounded, the edges are straight and it extends well above the line of the eyes. Juveniles are darker than adults.

BEHAVIOUR: A late and silent flier, it emerges an hour after sunset. The genus is unique among Indian bats in eating vertebrates as well as insects. Females carry the young till they are almost adult-sized.

DISTRIBUTION: Through India, except the high Himalayas and deserts.

HABITAT: Very varied habitat from caves to forests and human dwellings.

Size: 5.5–9.5 cm,

IUCN Status: Least Concern

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