Bat Sounds

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Amanda Stronza

Bat Calls from Around the World

Ever wonder what type of sound a bat makes? Experience the sounds of bats from around the world using our interactive map below.

Mexican free-tailed bat (Tadarida brasiliensis)

Mexican free-tailed bats occupy a wide variety of habitats ranging from desert landscapes to pinion-juniper woodland and pine-oak forests, at elevations ranging from sea level to 9,000 feet or more. They are found throughout Mexico and most of the western and southern U.S.

Listen to the Mexican free-tailed bat (Tadarida brasiliensis):

Hoary bat (Lasiurus cinereus)

Hoary Bats are uncommon but widespread throughout most of North America and ranging into Central America. They roost solitarily in trees, with preferences including maple, oak, ash, elder, hemlock, and redwood trees.

Listen to the Hoary bat (Lasiurus cinereus):

Spotted bat (Euderma maculatum)

The Spotted Bat is one of America’s most striking mammals. Its long, silky fur is snow white beneath and jet black above, dramatically accentuated by large white spots on its shoulders and rump. This bat can be found throughout central western North America from southern British Columbia to northern Mexico.

Listen to the Spotted bat (Euderma maculatum):

Little brown myotis (Myotis lucifugus)

The Little Brown Myotis is abundant throughout forested areas of the U.S. as far north as Alaska.

Listen to the Little brown myotis (Myotis lucifugus):

Townsend’s big-eared bat (Corynorhinus townsendii)

Townsend’s big-eared bats are found throughout western North America from British Columbia south to Oaxaca, Mexico, with two endangered subspecies in isolated areas in the Ozark and Central Appalachian regions of the United States.

Listen to the Townsend’s big-eared bat (Corynorhinus townsendii):

Florida bonneted bat (Eumops floridanus)

Florida bonneted bats are among the largest bats found in North America, ranging in size from 40 to 65 grams, with wingspans up to 20 inches.

Listen to the Florida bonneted bat (Eumops floridanus):

The Sounds of Bracken Cave

Listen to the The Sounds of Bracken Cave:

Bracken Cave is the summer home of more than 20 million Mexican Free-tailed Bats (Tadarida brasiliensis), making it the world’s largest bat colony.

Listen to the emergence of these millions of bats, as they spiral out of the cave at dusk for their nightly insect hunt.

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