LESSER DAWN BAT/Behaviour, Distribution, Habitat, Size, Weight, IUCN stetus

NAME: LESSER DAWN BAT

DESCRIPTION: Slightly smaller than the Fulvous Fruit Bat, the Dawn Bat has a thinner muzzle and has a claw only on its thumb and not on the second digit as in the former. Unlike Cynopteran bats,it does not have ‘finger’ markings on its uniform brown wings nor does it have the pale ear borders. Fur is dark brown dorsally and mottled, greyish brown below. Males have a slight ruff. It has a long, protrusible tongue with papillae at its pointed tip.

BEHAVIOUR: It makes a clapping noise with its wings as it flies.

DISTRIBUTION: Patchy distribution in Uttarakhand, Andaman archipelago, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland and Sikkim.

HABITAT: Largely cave-roosting; also known to roost in village hut roofs.

Size: 9.2–13 cm

IUCN Status: Least Concern

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