Western Red Bat
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Body length about 4", with an 11-13" wingspan. Orange-brown to yellow-brown fur with a fully furred tail membrane. Long pointed wings. Short rounded ears.
Primary Prey: Peak activity one to two hours after sunset. Eats moths, beetles, flying ants and other insects.
Predators: Scrub Jays, falcons, hawks, owls, opossums and domestic cats.
Range: Throughout California, some in Washington, Utah and Arizona, to Central America, Argentina and Chile. Migratory from coast to valley.
Status: California Species of Special Concern.
Risks:Loss of riparian zones, pesticide use in orchards, and controlled burns that consume leaf litter.
Behavior: Fast, strong fliers at treetop to a few feet above the ground. When roosting, will hang by one foot with head tucked in furry tail membrane.
Wingspan: Avg. 30 cm / 12 inches
Weight: Avg. 11g /0.4 oz
Body Length:10 cm / 4 inches
Offspring: 1-4 pup. (2 is most common) Female may fly with young attached/nursing