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


DESCRIPTION: As the name suggests, the Lesser False Vampire is a smaller version of the Greater False Vampire. It is deep brown unlike the grey of the former, and with a pale belly. Its nose leaf, by which it can be distinguished from M. lyra, is shorter and broader, convex-sided and heart-shaped at the base. Its tall ears are thicker and also not attached as high up as the former, being attached towards the base.

BEHAVIOUR: The Lesser False Vampire flies very close to the ground and may fly for the first few hours after dark without hunting, starting to feed only as the night progresses. It often rests in under rocks and bushes between its flapping flight.

DISTRIBUTION: Discontinuous distribution in the Western Ghats, Andaman Islands and lowland humid forests of north–east India.

HABITAT: Prefers a more moist habitat than the Greater False Vampire. Roosts in caves,  but also in disused houses, wells, and also occasionally in tree hollows.

Size: 5.4–8.1 cm,

IUCN Status: Least Concern


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