Kuhl’s pipistrelle

Their population distribution is often associated with human settlements as they are comfortable in both agricultural and urban habitats

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This species exhibits a diverse color palette, with fur ranging from medium to yellow-brown shades on its dorsal side, complemented by a lighter grey on the ventral side. This coloration offers a degree of camouflage within their natural and urban environments, aiding in their survival. The ears, wing membranes, and nose of Kuhl’s pipistrelle feature a blackish-brown hue, further accented by a distinctive white edge along the wing and tail membranes, which adds to their unique appearance.

Renowned for their agility in the air, Kuhl’s pipistrelles are proficient hunters, adept at navigating through the night sky to capture a variety of insects. Their diet primarily consists of moths, mosquitoes, mayflies, and other small flying insects, making them invaluable for controlling pest populations in their habitats. This ecological role highlights the importance of Kuhl’s pipistrelle in maintaining the balance within ecosystems, underscoring the interconnectedness of species and their environments.

Kuhl’s pipistrelles have shown remarkable adaptability in utilizing human-made structures for roosting during the summer months. They often occupy buildings, bridges, and other structures, finding shelter in crevices and cavities that mimic their natural roosting sites. In winter, they seek refuge in cliff crevices and cellars, where the microclimate provides stable conditions for hibernation. This adaptability, however, places them at risk in urban areas, where redevelopment projects and the use of pesticides pose significant threats to their colonies.

Urban redevelopment can lead to the loss of roosting and foraging sites for Kuhl’s pipistrelles, disrupting their populations and breeding cycles. Furthermore, the use of pesticides, particularly for mosquito control, can reduce the availability of prey, directly affecting their food resources and exposing them to harmful chemicals.

Distribution

Country
Population est.
Status
Year
Comments
Afghanistan
2016
Albania
2016
Algeria
2016
Andorra
2016
Angola
2016
Armenia
2016
Austria
2016
Azerbaijan
2016
Bosnia And Herz.
2016
Bulgaria
2016
China
2016
Presence Uncertain
Croatia
2016
Cyprus
2016
Egypt
2016
France
2016
Corsica
Georgia
2016
Germany
2016
Gibraltar
2016
Greece
2016
Kriti
Holy See
2016
Vatican City State
Hungary
2016
India
2016
Iran
2016
Iraq
2016
Israel
2016
Italy
2016
Sicilia, Sardegna
Jordan
2016
Kazakhstan
2016
Kuwait
2016
Lebanon
2016
Libya
2016
Madagascar
2016
Malta
2016
Monaco
2016
Montenegro
2016
Morocco
2016
North Macedonia
2016
Oman
2016
Pakistan
2016
Portugal
2016
Romania
2016
Russia
2016
San Marino
2016
Saudi Arabia
2016
Serbia
2016
Slovakia
2016
Slovenia
2016
Spain
2016
Canary Is., Baleares
Switzerland
2016
Syria
2016
Tunisia
2016
Turkey
2016
UAE
2016
Ukraine
2016
Yemen
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