EGYPTIAN FREE-TAILED BAT/Behaviour, Distribution, Habitat, Size, Weight, IUCN stetus


DESCRIPTION: A medium-sized bat, smaller than Otomops but bigger than C. plicata, the Egyptian Free-tailed Bat is buff to dark brown dorsally and paler on the venter. Like all free-tailed bats it has a short, thick tail free of the membrane. The ears are large and fleshy, directed downwards, and the lips are wrinkled. It has hairy feet. It can be distinguished from C. plicata and Otomops by its colour and the ears not being connected.

BEHAVIOUR: Noisy bats, and roosts with unpleasant smell.

DISTRIBUTION: Southern and western India from Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and one record from West Bengal.

HABITAT: Varied. From moist to arid areas, cliffs, boulder overhangs, crevices in old buildings, rock faces and caves.

Size: 6.1–7.7 cm,

IUCN Status: Least Concern 


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