Scientific Name
Lasiurus blossevillii
Family
Vespertilionidae
Global Conservation Status (IUCN)
Least Concern
Region
South America
Diet
Insectivore

Data Sheet

Southern Red Bats feed on a variety of insects. They hunt in open-space areas along forest edges.  

Fun Fact: Southern Red Bats are one of the few species that regularly give birth to multiple pups at one time. 

Appearance: Southern Red Bats have fluffy, reddish-colored fur and may have a frosted appearance. They are smaller than many closely related species in South America, and may be distinguished from Western Red Bats by their darker faces.  

Habitat: Southern Red Bats roost in trees, where their coloring helps them blend among the leaves and branches. They are found in rainforests, dry forests, coastal deserts, and lowland jungles, and may prefer open riparian areas.  

Southern Red Bats are also commonly found in urban environments. They are often found roosting as solitary individuals, but clusters have also been documented.  

Echolocation: Southern Red Bats have been recorded producing echolocation calls with pitches generally between 38 – 52 kHz, with a maximum energy at 42 kHz.  

Conservation Concerns: Southern Red Bats are considered migratory and are at risk of being killed by wind turbine facilities. Habitat loss is a conservation concern for these bats.  

Bat Conservation International Projects including the Southern Red Bat