According to the Defenders of Wildlife, some bats eat mammals such as mice. About 70 percent of bats are insectivores and function as pest controllers. BatsLive indicates that most of the rest of bats consume fruit and nectar, while a very small number feed on small vertebrates or blood.
Defenders states that there are about 1,000 bat species worldwide, and they vary significantly in other characteristics besides diet. While the wingspan of some bats is 6 feet, there are tiny bats barely an inch long. Bats are found all over the planet except in polar areas and the hottest deserts. When winter comes, certain bats migrate, while others hibernate. In addition, some bats take winter breaks by lowering their body temperatures for days, weeks or months.Learn More
Adult vampire bats eat only blood, while young vampire bats feed on their mothers' milk until they are three months old before then switching to a blood diet. The common vampire bat mainly eats blood from large domestic mammals such as horses and cattle, but it occasionally feeds on human blood. However, the hairy-legged vampire bat and white-winged vampire bat both prefer the blood of birds.Full Answer >
A little brown bat can consume between 600 to 1,000 mosquitoes in a single hour. A nursing little brown bat mother may consume as many as 4,500 mosquitoes in a single evening, more than her own body weight in insects.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 >