A bird's wing is fixed, but a bat can scoop things up with its wing, cradle a new baby in the bottom of its wing or wrap a wing around itself like a blanket.
Some bats bring their insect pray back to a night roosting spot, where they eat them while hanging!
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Each year, vast expanses of the world’s rainforests are cleared for logging, agriculture, and ranching. Fruit-eating bats are key players in restoring those vital forests. Bats, unlike birds, are unwary of crossing these large open spaces and cover large distances each night. They’re so effective at dispersing seeds through bat droppings that they've been called the "farmers of the tropics." Seeds dropped by bats can account for up to 95 percent of the first new growth.
Quick Bat Facts
- Bats are loyal to their birthplaces and hibernation sites. How they find their way between summer and hibernating caves is a still a mystery.
- For their size, bats are one of the slowest reproducing mammals with an average of just one young born each year.
- A number of species of bats live 15-20 years. One bat was recorded to have survived in the wild for 41 years!
- Bats are born weighing about one third the weight of their mother, and are furless.
- They grow to full size and can fly within 3 weeks and become independent at about 6-10 weeks.
- Their wingspan ranges from 5 inches to about 5 feet, depending on the species.
- Bats can fly 40 mph and up to 80 mph, when diving in flight.
- Bats are not blind and many have excellent vision. Most use echolocation, a unique sonar system to detect obstacles, avoid collisions, and hunt at night.
- National Wildlife Federation - Bat Quiz
- Organization for Bat Conservation - Where to place a bat house -