Wrinkle-lipped free-tailed bat

Their name comes from the distinctive folds or wrinkles on their lips which is essential for capturing prey in mid-flight

A traveler of many lands, found across various parts of Asia, including regions like South and Southeast Asia. These adaptable bats are known to inhabit diverse habitats. When it comes to roosting, they favor a mix of natural hideouts such as caves, crevices, and man-made structures. They are known for their aerial agility and speed, which enables them to chase and catch their prey while in flight. Their feeding habits play a vital role in maintaining the balance of insect populations in their ecosystems.

An exceptional talent possessed by these bats is echolocation. Emitting high-pitched calls, they listen for the echoes that return from objects in their environment. This bio-sonar system enables them to navigate darkness with finesse, precisely locating prey or obstacles.

Distribution

Country
Population est.
Status
Year
Comments
Bangladesh
2018
Presence Uncertain
Cambodia
2018
China
2018
Hong Kong
2018
India
LC
2018
Laos
2018
Malaysia
2018
Mulu and Gomantong caves
Philippines
2018
Northern Luzon, Cebu
Sri Lanka
LC
2018
Thailand
4,000,000
LC
2018
10% annual decline
Vietnam
2018

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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