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Bat  Brown Long-Eared Bat

Brown Long-Eared Bat - Photo  Copyright 2006 Gary Bradley
Photo: G. Bradley

UK Safari Tip:
Find out about all the UK bat species with the fold out ID chart called "A Guide to British Bats" in the Nature Shop - click here

Latin name: Plecotus Auritus

Size: Wingspan approximately 25 to 33cms. Head and body around 45mms. Ears approximately 30mms tall.

Distribution: Found throughout the UK.

Months seen: April to October

Food: Beetles, moths, spiders, flies and midges.

Habitat: Roosts in old buildings.

Echolocation Frequency: 40 - 45 kHz

Special features: A small bat, sometimes called 'the whispering bat' because the ultrasound it produces for locating prey is much quieter.

The large ears feature a long pointed tragus. They are so highly tuned that they can distinguish between an insect and the leaf on which it rests. This allows the bat to pick up resting moths.

The ultrasound is emitted through the nostrils, and the inside edges of the ears have tiny hairs which help to receive the vibrations coming back.

Track Down More Info

UK Safari Bat Section
Bat Identification Charts
Bat Calls on CD - Learn to Identify Species
Bat Detectors
What is a bat?
What is Echolocation?
What does a bat sound like?
What is a tragus?
Links to Bat Groups in Britain

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