Some basic facts about bats include that these flying mammals use echolocation to find food sources or objects in the dark, there are over 1,000 different bat species and females give birth only once per year. Although n... More »

"Flying fox" is a nickname given to several bat species in the suborder Megachiroptera, specifically bats in the genera Pteropus and Acerodon. The name comes from the resemblance that these tropical fruit bats bear to fo... More »

Fruit bats typically eat a large variety of fruits ranging from mangoes to avocado. They are capable of adapting to eat whichever fruits are available to them in their habitat; they also use the same trees for sleeping. More »

Bats exit their caves in whatever direction is open to them, using echolocation both to avoid collision and to locate food. It is a popular myth that they always turn left, a legend that may have first surfaced via an em... More »

Big brown bats are one of the most common bat species in North America. These bats are key to controlling nuisance insect populations, as they feed on such agricultural pests as cucumber beetles and leafhoppers. More » Pets & Animals Mammals Bats

Bats communicate with each other through echolocation, the use of very high-frequency sounds. Using sound enables bats to visualize objects of any size in their environment. More »

None of the 1,100 bat species are blind. Most bats have eyesight that is just as good as humans. Bats are sensitive to changing light levels and see in color, just like humans. More » Pets & Animals Mammals Bats