Bats eat birds

To: "Carla Jackett" <>, "birding" <>
Subject: Bats eat birds
From: "Lawrie Conole" <>
Date: Tue, 21 Aug 2001 17:41:47 +1000
>>Again, there are a number of web pages which list "small birds up
>>to the size of a dove or small pigeon" as part of the Ghost Bats
>>diet.  I couldn't find any reference to how they catch the birds.

By sound.  Ghost Bats hunt acoustically, but are not big users of biosonar.
 With those big ears they can hear & triangulate on roosting birds rustling
feathers, etc.  Like the Long-eared Bats (Nyctophilus spp.), Ghost Bats look
and listen more than they echolocate, but can do both.

Lawrie Conole
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