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Any of various large insectivorous bats of the genus Nyctalus, found in Eurasia and North Africa and typically dwelling in the hollows of trees or in buildings.

[French, from Italian nottola, bat, owl, from Late Latin noctula, from Latin, diminutive of noctua, night owl; see nekw-t- in Indo-European roots.]


(Animals) any of several large Old World insectivorous bats of the genus Nyctalus, esp N. noctula: family Vespertilionidae
[C18: probably from Late Latin noctula small owl, from Latin noctua night owl]
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There are more than five known species of protected bats in the area of Betton and Oakley including the common pipistrelle, Daubenton's bat, the brown long-eared bat, noctule and the soprano pipistrelle.
Common Noctule Bats Are Sexually Dimorphic in Migratory Behaviour and Body Size but Not Wing Shape.
Dina Dechmann and colleagues from the Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior in Konstanz equipped female common noctule bats with air pressure sensors and tracked their flights.
An officer's report from 2014/15 citing surveys indicated that the site was in use by badgers, otters, brown hares, honey buzzards, goshawks, peregrines and nightjars, as well as pipistrelle, whiskered, daubenton and noctule bat species.
This large broad-leaved wood contains varied trees, plants and animals including ancient oaks, bluebells, noctule bats and green woodpeckers.
This work will bring direct and indirect benefits for locally important species such as great-crested newt, water vole, brown long-eared bat, noctule bat, soprano pipistrelle bat, otter and a wide range of aquatic invertebrate species, delivering multiple benefits to both people and wildlife in the surrounding area.
Other common types include our biggest bat, the noctule, which is still smaller than the palm of your hand, and the brown long-eared bat, which has exceptional hearing.
Noctule will see Stefhan Caddick and Farm Hand - the solo project from Mark Daman Thomas of Welsh band Islet and founder of Shape Records - and the bats that inhabit the huge cave network at Eglwys Faen, a cave entrance set within the 400 miles of passages beneath former limestone quarry Llangattock Escarpement performing to just 15 people at a time.
Artist Stefhan Caddick, left, and Mark Daman Thomas of Islet and founder of Shape Records who will perform Noctule
They also saw a noctule bat - although they confirmed the activity was 'low level.'.