Free-tailed bats and guano bats

Free-tailed bats and guano bats

Order : Chiroptera
Family : Molossidae
Genus : Tadarida


Facts about the genus Tadarida, the free-tailed bats and guano bats

Like many state birds, Mexican free-tailed bats aren’t faithful to their adoptive state.

Migration for Mexican free-tailed bats is essentially a behavioral adaptation to minimize body heat loss.

Mexican free-tailed bats are also known as "guano bats" for the prodigious quantities of droppings that they produce.

Mexican Free-tailed Bats are born in June and weaned in five weeks when they can fly with their mothers.

Mexican free-tailed bats are migratory, and in the southwestern United States are present from April through September.

Our research on Mexican free-tailed bats is already underway with two projects in Central Texas directed by BCI and Dr.

Pesticides and Bats A new stress commonly implicated in the decline of free-tailed bats is the use of organochlorine pesticides, specifically DDT and dieldrin.

Pollak, Response selectivity for species-specific calls in the inferior colliculus of Mexican free-tailed bats is generated by inhibition, Journal of Neurophysiology, Vol.

Scientific name: The genus name Tadarida is of uncertain origin, but may come from the Greek words ta darida (long ones).

The characteristic odor of Mexican free-tailed bats is found by analyzing the volatiles from their roosts or their urine, but it is too strong to be called ‘taco shell’ from these sources unless diluted.

The free-tails, also known as guano bats, are small brown mammals capable of catching more than 1,000 mosquitoes or gnats in a night.

The massive Gua Payau Cave, with its evening emergence of nearly two million free-tailed bats, is the main feature that attracts adventuresome visitors to the park.

The sight of twenty million emerging free-tailed bats is a never-to-be-forgotten experience.

Free-tailed bats are found worldwide in warm regions. (Full text)

Other free-tailed bats are smaller. (Full text)

Similar Species Except for Little Free-tailed, which occurs only in Florida Keys and has ears joined at the base, all other free-tailed bats are considerably larger. (Full text)

One alternate name for free-tailed bats is "bulldog bats", and the German equivalent is Bulldog-Fledermäuse, so perhaps a "Molossian hound" was something like a bulldog. (Full text)

-based conservationist Wildlife Trust says the largest known colony of guano bats is found at Bracken Cave, north of San Antonio, in the state of Texas. (Full text)

Conservation and Management: Although big free-tailed bats are locally abundant, they (Full text)

Human EncountersMexican free-tailed bats are the most commonly encountered bats in Texas, and their spectacular evening emergences are easily observed (see page 66). (Full text)

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