Natalidae – Funnel-eared bats

Found in the lowlands of Mexico, Brazil, and West Indies, these bats are commonly known as the funnel-eared bats

These bats have long legs when compared to their small body sizes, and they feed exclusively on insects. They are quite common in some areas, often roosting in caves and mines. Social groups range in number from very large to fewer than ten. The flight of these bats is fluttery and moth-like.

There are 11 species of small, slender bats in this family. They have reddish-brown, yellowish-brown, or gray fur. They have long tails, large ears, and no leafy noses. Adult males have a structure on the face or muzzle called the natalid organ, which is composed of cells that may be sensory or secretory, although the exact function is unknown.