KELAART’S PIPISTRELLE/Behaviour, Distribution, Habitat, Size, Weight, IUCN stetus

KELAART’S PIPISTRELLE

KELAART’S PIPISTRELLE

DESCRIPTION: A relatively large pipistrelle with dark brown ears, face and membranes, the Kelaart’s Pipistrelle varies in body colour from grey–brown to chestnut or even red–gold at times. Its ventral surface is duller and darker.

BEHAVIOUR: It clings to the surface of its roost with its feet and wing claws, and does not hang downwards like other bats. It crawls if placed on the ground, and finds it difficult to become airborne except from a high roost.

DISTRIBUTION: South, central, eastern, and western India; it is not recorded north of Mount Abu or in the North–East. Recorded from Rajasthan, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal.

HABITAT: Inhabits old buildings and tree hollows in both forested areas and close to human habitation.

Size: 4.5–6.4 cm,

IUCN Status: Least Concern

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