GREAT HIMALAYAN LEAF-NOSED BAT/Behaviour, Distribution, Habitat, Size, Weight, IUCN stetus


DESCRIPTION: The largest of the leaf-nosed bats, this species is clearly identified by the four supplementary leaflets on its anterior nose leaf. The intermediate leaf has wave-shaped patterns and there is a fleshy pad behind the four-celled posterior leaf. The dark brown wings and membranes stand out against a grey–brown body with soft, long fur.

BEHAVIOUR: It circles around trees, close to the ground or around bushes, like flying foxes, and hunts shortly after sunset. This bat is not easily disturbed by humans at its roost sites.

DISTRIBUTION: Central and eastern Himalayas in Uttarakhand, east as far as Assam, Garo Hills in Meghalaya, and Manipur.

HABITAT: It roosts in caves or in old or disused buildings in montane and bamboo forests.

Size: 8.2–10.5 cm

IUCN Status: Least Concern


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