Bat Articles

Welcome to the bat articles page where you'll find out little known bat facts and the latest discoveries.

There's still so much to learn about these nocturnal creatures, I'm pretty sure they're going to be a source of surprises for many years to come! So do come back regularly for new articles and information.


Blind taught to ‘see’ like a bat
People with visual impairments are learning to use a form of echolocation, similar to the type used by Egyptian fruit bats to see with sound.


Bats in Borneo roost in carnivorous pitcher plants
A brave bat species has been found living inside carnivorous plants. Discover how this benefits both the bats and the plants in this interesting BBC article.

Bat Love Songs Decoded
In 2009, researchers at the University of Texas discovered that some bat species communicate in a similar way to humans and whales.

Stealth Bats
This short article gives an interesting explanation of why some bats' echolocating calls become quieter as they get closer to their prey...


Deadly Bat Fungus Spreading In The U.S.
Bats with White-nose Syndrome were first spotted in New York in 2006. Unfortunately, it has now been found in other parts of the United States...(2010)


For a Type of Songbird, Bats Are on the Menu
A team of ornithologists head out for the Bukk Mountains in Hungary to find out if the stories of bat-eating songbirds are true...(2009).

For an Andean Nectar Feeder, a Tongue That Wags the Bat
Why would such a small bat have a tongue that's 1.5 times the length of its body? A theory on why it's evolved in this way is given in this article (2006).


Bat Wings An Inspiration For Revolutionary Sail
The unique features of bat wings inspire the design of a hyper-responsive boat sail.


Do You Think This Bat Looks Like Yoda?

A new species of fruit-eating bat has been found in Papua New Guinea. It was first seen by scientists in 2009. Some are saying that it looks like Yoda from Star Wars but I think that's stretching it a bit....


Bat Words: Colorful Expressions from the "Flutter Mouse"
An entertaining journey into the roots of the word "bat" and the origin of sayings associated with this furry mammal.

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