Congo Bats, 3D CT scans
Yellow-winged bats range across much of Africa south of the Sahara
Desert. These bats live in forest and savannah environments, but
seem to prefer open habitats where they can observe their surrounding
from roost sites. Like other members of the family Megadermatidae,
these bats hunt for insects from their perches much as flycatchers
do. The bat hangs from a branch in a tree and continuously scans
the surrounding airspace for insects using echolocation (sonar).
When it detects a suitable prey item (such as a moth), it swoops
out to catch the insect and then returns to a perch to eat it.
Yellow-winged bats live in territorial pairs.
All text in these galleries provided by:
Dr. Nancy B. Simmons
Chairman, Division of Vertebrate Zoology
Curator-in-Charge, Department of Mammalogy
American Museum of Natural History
These scans were produced by the Digital
Morphology Division at the University of Texas at Austin.