Mormoopidae – Mustached bats

Generally also as ghost-faced bats and naked-backed bats – found in the Americas from the United States to Brazil

Known to fly close to the ground on selected trails and paths, these bats feed on a number of insects that, include beetles, flies as well as grasshoppers. Instead of having a leafy nose, these bats have a leafy projection that arises from their lips. Unlike other families of bats, these bats do not hibernate, as they usually roost in tropical areas.

Colonies are huge and contain several thousand individuals at a time. In addition to playing a vital ecological role, these bats are also a source of livelihood for many. Such a huge size of bat colony produces enough guano, which allows commercial mining.