BLACK-BEARDED TOMB BAT/Behaviour, Distribution, Habitat, Size, Weight, IUCN stetus

BLACK-BEARDED TOMB BAT

DESCRIPTION: This bat is easily recognized by its hairy chin (that turns black or dark brown in males). Its back is pale buff, dark brown or black, but the ventral side is always paler. Its hair appears grizzled because of paler hair bases. The female has a more reddish hue. Unlike other bats, its wings are attached to the shanks and not the ankles.

BEHAVIOUR: Roosting in unisex colonies, this bat is easily disturbed and even flies out in daylight. The beard gets wet with secretion during the rut.

DISTRIBUTION: All over India except north–west, north–east and the high Himalayas.

HABITAT: Hilly terrain and well-watered forests, caves, ruins and even urban areas.

Size: 6.7–8.6 cm

IUCN Status: Least Concern

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