Egyptian slit-faced bat

Often called ‘whispering’ bats because their echolocation used to access the area and prey location are low intensity and not strong

Dr Winifred F Frick

Distinguished by a unique facial feature from which its name derives: a deep, vertical slit that extends from the base of its ears to its nostrils, bisecting the nose leaves. This distinctive slit not only contributes to its characteristic appearance but also plays a critical role in its echolocation abilities, allowing for the precise emission and reception of sound waves. The fur of the Egyptian slit-faced bat is silky and elongated, displaying a color palette that ranges from shades of grey and murky brown to light red, contrasted by a white to light grey underbelly.

These bats exhibit a fascinating behavioral adaptation concerning their roosting habits. They typically utilize dual roosting sites – one serving as a day roost for resting and another as a night roost, which they occupy for only a few hours before embarking on their nocturnal foraging activities. This behavior may serve multiple purposes, including predator avoidance and temperature regulation, reflecting the bat’s ability to adapt to its environment to optimize survival.

As generalist-opportunistic feeders, Egyptian slit-faced bats display remarkable dietary flexibility. Their feeding strategy is highly adaptable, with a diet that shifts according to seasonal variations in prey availability. During the spring, they primarily consume beetles (Coleoptera), while in the summer, their diet shifts to grasshoppers and crickets (Orthoptera). By autumn, they turn to true bugs (Hemiptera), and in winter, they predominantly feed on moths and butterflies (Lepidoptera). This adaptability in feeding habits underscores the bat’s role in controlling insect populations, contributing to the ecological balance within its habitat.

Distribution

Country
Population est.
Status
Year
Comments
Angola
2016
Benin
2016
Botswana
2016
Burkina Faso
2016
Burundi
2016
Cameroon
2016
Central Af. Rep.
2016
Chad
2016
Congo-Brazzaville
2016
Côte D’ivoire
2016
DR Congo (Kinshasa)
2016
Djibouti
2016
Egypt
2016
Eritrea
2016
Eswatini
2016
Ethiopia
2016
Gambia
2016
Ghana
2016
Guinea-Bissau
2016
Guinea
2016
Israel
2016
Jordan
2016
Kenya
2016
Lebanon
2016
Possibly Extant
Lesotho
2016
Possibly Extant
Liberia
2016
Possibly Extant
Libya
2016
Malawi
2016
Mali
2016
Mauritania
2016
Possibly Extant
Morocco
2016
Mozambique
2016
Namibia
2016
Niger
2016
Nigeria
2016
Rwanda
2016
Saudi Arabia
2016
Senegal
2016
Sierra Leone
2016
Somalia
2016
South Africa
2016
Sudan
2016
Tanzania
2016
Togo
2016
Uganda
2016
Yemen
2016
Zambia
2016
Zimbabwe
2016

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Terrestrial / Aquatic

Altricial / Precocial

Polygamous / Monogamous

Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic

Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal

Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd / Colony

Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore

Migratory: Yes / No

Domesticated: Yes / No

Dangerous: Yes / No