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DEATH VALLEY WILDLIFE > Mammals > Bats

Bats

Fringed Myotis
Myotis thysanodes
Found in upper creosote bush desert to subalpine confifer forest.

California Myotis
Myotis californicus
One of the most common bats at lower elevations; forages within 15 feet from ground in early evening.

Small-footed Myotis
Myotis leibii
Forages in early evening; frequently drinks after emerging; feeds low over brush; roots in caves.

Long-legged Myotis
Myotis volans
Most often found in conifer forests; rapid, direct flier; hunts at tree tops.

Yuma Myotis
Myotis yumanensis
Forages after sunset over water.

Silver-haired Bat
Lasionycteris noctivagans
Found around water in forested areas; flies slow with frequent short glides.

Western Pipstrelle
Pipstrellus hesperus
Most commonly seen bat in park; forages before sunset to after sunrise; slow, fluttery flight; in rocky canyons.

Townsend's Big-eared Bat
Coryorhinus townsendii
All elevations; roosts in abandoned mines; most disturbance-sensitive bat species in western U.S.

Red Bat
Lasiurus blossevillii
Leaves roost at deep dusk; usually feed in pairs; flight steady and rapid; wooded areas.

Hoary Bat
Lasiurus cinereus
Largest bat in the park; found in wooded areas; swift direct flight; emerges late in evening, occasionally on warm winter afternoons.

Spotted Bat
Euderma maculatum
Rarely seen, but has distinctive auditory echolocation call.

Pallid Bat
Antrozous pallidus
Late flier; forages near ground, often lands to pick up scorpions and other insects; slow wing-beats.

Mexican Free-tailed Bat
Tadarida brasiliensis
Flies high and fast; often roosts in large colonies.

Big Free-tailed Bat
Nyctinomops macrotis
Leaves roost late dusk; rare in U.S.
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