INDIAN PYGMY BAT/Behaviour, Distribution, Habitat, Size, Weight, IUCN stetus


DESCRIPTION: Almost identical to the Indian Pipistrelle, the Indian Pygmy Bat is marginally smaller, darker, and with ears that appear squarish when seen in outline. It also lacks the paler wing margin of the Indian Pipistrelle. The pelage is variable, like the former, ranging from dark yellow to clove brown or even dark blackish brown. Although both species share roosts, they occupy separate spaces – probably the only way to tell them apart in the field.

BEHAVIOUR: One of the first bats to come out at dark with a slow, erratic flight.

DISTRIBUTION: Throughout India except in the high Himalayas and desert.

HABITAT: Same as in Indian Pipistrelle.

Size: 3.3–4.5 cm

IUCN Status: Least Concern


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