In central Texas, for example, every night about 15 million free-tailed bats
emerge from Bracken Cave to cruise over lawns, gardens, farm fields, and orchards, gobbling up insect pests.
Texas biologists recently found the disease in Mexican free-tailed bats
in two Central Texas counties where it was not found before.
Mexican Free-tailed Bats
have evolved to utilize natural roosting sites such as caves and rock crevices, but in the last hundred years this species has exploited man-made structures that include culverts, tunnels, abandoned mines, and buildings (Barbour & Davis 1969; Cockrum 1969; Wilkins 1989; Fraze & Wilkins 1990).
I remember Mexican free-tailed bats
dive-bombing us mid-show in Austin, Texas, and ground squirrels waddling, like overzealous supernumeraries, onstage in Vail, Colorado.
The call measurements we documented were consistent with values reported by other authors who analyzed full spectrum calls from Brazilian Free-tailed Bats
that were visually identified.
Millions of Mexican free-tailed bats
in Bracken Cave, Texas
Summer foraging range of Mexican free-tailed bats
(Tadarida brasiliensis mexicana) from Carlsbad Cavern, New Mexico.
Rather, "the index case [the toddler, that is] may have been infected by playing in a hollow tree housing a colony of insectivorous free-tailed bats
(Mops condylurus)." BBC NEWS, CNN, and numerous other media outlets around the world dutifully reported on this latest version of the deadly bat story.
With the exception of the free-tailed bats
, most Egyptian bats have very short tails or tails enclosed entirely or largely within the flight membrane.
Noteworthy records of free-tailed bats
(Chiroptera: Molossidae) from Durango, Mexico.
The Ann W Richards Congress Avenue Bridge over the lake is the home to up to 1.5million Mexican free-tailed bats
during the summer and when they emerge at dusk to hunt for food, it's quite a sight.
Then they offer detailed accounts of the family Emballonurdiae (sac-winged bats), family Phyllostomidae (leaf-nosed bats), family Mormoopidae (mustached bats), family Noctilionidae (bulldog bats), family Molossidae (free-tailed bats
), and family Vespertillionidae (common bats).