Phyllostomidae – New World leaf-nosed bats

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A highly varied family with a few interesting commonalities. They echolocate through a distinctive leaf-shaped structure on their nose. Like humans, they have an 8-9 month pregnancy, giving birth to one pup at a time. There is a close bond between mother and pup, who will stay with her and learn from her even after weaning.

Nectar-feeding bats have long tongues adapted for reaching into flowers. These bats and fruit-eating bats play an essential role in pollination and seed dispersal. Some bats eat insects, and others are predators. Perhaps the most famous leaf-nosed bats are the vampire bats, who feed exclusively on blood.