KELAART’S LEAF-NOSED BAT/Behaviour, Distribution, Habitat, Size, Weight, IUCN stetus


DESCRIPTION: An endemic, large, leaf-nosed bat with four supplementary lappets, similar to H. armiger. The fourth leaflet is, however, greatly reduced. The pelage varies greatly from cream to orange or red. It is paler on the belly. H.l. indus is smaller than the Sri Lankan subspecies.

BEHAVIOUR: An early evening bat that can hawk high in the air or fly sallies around vegetation. It can eat hard-bodied insects like beetles.

DISTRIBUTION: Rajasthan, central and south India, West Bengal, Odisha and Meghalaya.

HABITAT: Caves and ruins in wet and hilly forests.

Size: 8.7–10.6 cm, 

IUCN Status: Least Concern


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