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Greater Moustached Bat
Pteronotus parnellii Greater Moustached Bat image
Size: body=6.5 cm; weight=20 g
Description: Medium-sized with short brown fur. Stiff hairs projecting from above the mouth. Leaflike plate of skin protruding from lower lip.
Activity: Nocturnal. Most active in the early evening.
Habits: A fast flying aerial insectivore. Usually found within closed forest hunting for beetles and other insects. In other Neotropical countries roosts by the thousands in caves. Caves and rock formations are not prevalent in Guyana but this species is still found in high densities in many areas. It is presumed that there are plenty of suitable tree hollows or alternative roost sites to support these high populations. Often seen flying along trails.
Habitat: Mature and secondary forest, savannah.
Status: Common.
Distribution in Iwokrama
Fishing Bat
Noctilio leporinus Fishing Bat image
Size: body=9 cm; weight=65 g
Description: Large bat; fur short, bright rust-orange with pale stripe along back. Enormous hindfeet with large sharp claws. Upper lip is split and droops down forming cheek pouches. Strong, musty odour.
Activity: Nocturnal.
Habits: Forages over water for small fish using echolocation to detect fish breaking the water surface. Gaffs fish with clawed hindfeet and then stuffs into cheek pouches. Roosts in tree hollows usually in large groups. During long foraging bouts, may rest in a temporary night roost and feed on its catch.
Habitat: Wet lowland and coastal areas including rainforest and swamps. Usually hunts over medium and large rivers.
Status: Often common.
Distribution in Iwokrama

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