Furipteridae – Smoky bat

Known also as the thumbless bats – these bats have dark-gray fur and a thumb that is folded into their wing

Containing two genera with one single species in each, these neotropical bats are all insectivorous and are found in central and south America. They are known for their extraordinary ability to survive in a number of environments ranging from lowland rainforests to the extremely arid and desert regions of South America.

These bats usually roost in caves or abandoned man-made structures living within the crevices that are not easily accessible. Their colonies range in size from 100 to 400 individuals. In order to forage, these bats fly very close to the surface of the ground, where they hunt on a number of insects that are resting unaware.