Although no living bats are completely blind, most bats rely on sounds to find their prey at night. Known as echolocation, ultrasonic sounds are emitted by bats that bounce off of other objects. By hearing these echoes off of objects around them, bats can create an internal map that allows them to navigate and capture food.Know More
Most bats consume insects or small vertebrates that are well-suited to finding with echolocation. Some bats capture numerous small insects while in flight, while others hunt large insects lurking amid the rocks and vegetation. Some bats, primarily native to Africa and Asia, subsist on fruit or pollen rather than insects. Bats that eat fruits and nectar usually use their senses of sight and smell to find their prey, and they may be active before darkness falls.
Bats that rely on echolocation often have flaps and folds of skin attached to their faces. While scientists do not yet understand their function completely, it is likely that these flaps and folds aid in detecting the sounds returned by echolocation. Bats produce their echolocation through their nose or their mouth. In addition to the ultrasonic sounds involved in echolocation, bats also emit a diverse array of sounds that are within the range of human hearing.Learn more about Bats
Bats find their next meal primarily by sending out high-pitched sound waves and using their ears to determine approximately where the nearest objects are. This process of finding prey by judging echoes is called echolocation.Full Answer >
In times of low food supply, bats can choose to hibernate or migrate. Where bats live is dependent on the food supply available in a given area.Full Answer >
Bats are nocturnal because they find bugs during the night, and they can evade predators more easily at night. Bats stay away from daylight to avoid competing for food with other predators, such as birds. Bats are also active at night because they cannot see very well during the day, and they rely on hearing and bouncing echoes to navigate during the night.Full Answer >
The vampire bat is native to North, Central and South America, from Mexico to Argentina. There is only one positive confirmation of a vampire bat sighting in the United States.Full Answer >