The many faces of bats.
Create your own bat-themed Halloween decorations with these one-of-a-kind coloring templates!
From wrinkled faces to enormous ears, bats have some of the most diverse and interesting faces in the animal kingdom. To celebrate the many faces of bats—and to add a new twist to your Halloween decorations this year—BCI has teamed up with Smithsonian Libraries to bring you a range of bat-face coloring templates taken from the pages of history. Artists both young and young at heart can express their creative flair by adding unique colors to bat face outlines reproduced from some of the best illustrations in history. Each bat face is taken from Kunstformen der Natur (Art Forms in Nature), a landmark work in the field of naturalist illustration published in 1904 that contains 100 lithographic prints produced from naturalist Ernst Haeckel’s original sketches and watercolors.
Born in 1834 in Potsdam, Germany (then Prussia), Haeckel served as a professor of comparative anatomy and director of the Zoological Institute at the University of Jena. Kunstformen der Natur , which is considered one of Haeckel’s most iconic publications, helped popularize science among a broad lay audience of the time. Today, the work resides at the Smithsonian Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL).
With Haeckel’s engaging bat faces as your starting point, draw on your own creativity and naturalist spirit to bring a personal touch of color to each page. And remember: Bats not only have many different facial features; they also come in many different colors. So don’t hold back!
- Brown Long-Eared Bat ~ Plectus Auritus
- Lesser Long Eared Bat ~ Nyctophilus geoffroyi
- Tomes’s Sword-nosed Bat ~ Lonchorhina aurita
- Greater Spear-Nosed Bat ~ Phyllostomus hastatus
- Greater Horseshoe Bat ~ Rhinolophus ferrumequinum
- Wrinkle-faced Bat ~ Centurio senex