This genus of bats contains four species of leafed-nosed bats that are native to Africa
The member species of this genus are found in East Africa, South Africa, and Madagascar. These species primarily feed on small insects, which they detect by using echolocation. Their leaf shaped nosed is thought to aid them in gathering the sound waves for accurate measurement and positioning of their target.
The species included in this genus are Macronycteris commersoni, Macronycteris gigas, Macronycteris thomensis, Macronycteris vittatus. Nearly all member species of this genus are currently Near threatened, with populations declining.