COMMON NOCTULE/Behaviour, Distribution, Habitat, Size, Weight, IUCN stetus

DESCRIPTION: A large, robust bat, the Common Noctule is a mountain bat of the early evenings. It has extremely narrow and long, leathery black wings, and glossy cinnamon or dark brown fur. The short triangular ears have a club-shaped tragus. Its large nostrils are set above the mouth, which has a swelling on the upper lip and a yellowish buccal pad in adults.

BEHAVIOUR: The bats, as well as their roost, have a strong odour. Hibernating in winter in colonies, they appear only in spring.

DISTRIBUTION: From the Himalayas.

HABITAT: Caves, human habitation and tree hollows. It is not a very high- altitude bat.

Size: 6.8–8 cm

IUCN Status: Least concern

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