HODGSON’S BAT/Behaviour, Distribution, Habitat, Size, Weight, IUCN stetus


DESCRIPTION: This rare, medium-sized tree bat of striking colouration has a yellowish back, flanks and undersides, and a cinnamon throat. Its oval, pale ears stick out of its hairy head, and its wings are orange with black markings along the wing bones. The eastern Indian subspecies is larger.

BEHAVIOUR: The Hodgson’s Bat roosts in trees, often camouflaged in decaying leaves or flowers of the same colour as itself.

DISTRIBUTION: M.f. formosus: throughout northern India, north of Nagpur, Maharashtra; M.f. auratus eastern India, east of Goalpara, Assam. Sea level to the Himalayan foothills.

HABITAT: It is largely a tree- or bush-roosting bat; occasionally roosts in caves. It frequents both primary and secondary forests.

Size: 4.4–4.9 cm

IUCN Status: Least Concern


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