European free-tailed bat

Their muzzle has wrinkled lips, which makes them look like a dog’s face, and is commonly called a bulldog bat

Emanuel Yellin

European free-tailed bat fur is short and even; the upper surface is greyish black, with a brownish shine, and the underside is paler in color. Their ears and wing membranes are black and have an unpleasant smell to them.

They emerge during dusk and fly to a great height with a direct and swift flight, unlike other bat species that exhibit sudden twists and turns. They feed on insects caught in the flight and rarely need to drink water, but when they do, they will fly over the surface of a river or lake and scoop some water. Females eat more and are more aggressive while hunting than males.

Distribution

Country
Population est.
Status
Year
Comments
Afghanistan
2016
Albania
2016
Algeria
2016
Andorra
2016
Armenia
2016
Azerbaijan
2016
Bangladesh
2016
Bhutan
2016
Bosnia And Herz.
2016
Bulgaria
2016
China
2016
Presence Uncertain
Croatia
2016
Cyprus
2016
Egypt
2016
Sinai
France
2016
Corsica
Georgia
2016
Gibraltar
2016
Greece
2016
Kriti
Holy See
2016
Vatican City State
India
2016
Iran
2016
Iraq
2016
Israel
2016
Italy
2016
Sardegna, Sicilia
Jordan
2016
Kazakhstan
2016
Kyrgyzstan
2016
Lebanon
2016
Libya
2016
Malta
2016
Monaco
2016
Montenegro
2016
Morocco
2016
Myanmar
2016
Nepal
2016
North Macedonia
2016
Portugal
2016
Russia
2016
San Marino
2016
Saudi Arabia
2016
Serbia
2016
Spain
2016
Baleares, Canary Is.
Switzerland
2016
Syria
2016
Tajikistan
2016
Tunisia
2016
Turkey
2016
Turkmenistan
2016
Uzbekistan
2016

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Terrestrial / Aquatic

Altricial / Precocial

Polygamous / Monogamous

Dimorphic / Monomorphic (size)

Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal

Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd

Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore

Migratory: Yes / No

Domesticated: Yes / No

Dangerous: Yes / No