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Wind farms along mountain ridges may negatively affect bats
By attaching miniaturized Global Positioning System tags to cave bats near a mountain ridge in Thailand, researchers have shown that bats repeatedly use mountain slopes to ascend to altitudes of more than 550 m above the ground. (2017-11-01)

Study in bats and rodents offers insights on how viruses spread across species
Bats are natural reservoirs of several important emerging viruses, and because cross-species transmission appears to be quite common among bats, it's important to study bats in a community context rather than concentrating on individual species. (2015-08-25)

Blind as bats: Echolocation study reveals key evolutionary trade-offs with other senses
A research team has performed a new comparative study of two sophisticated echolocating bats. Their results confirm evolutionary trade-offs at work -- showing an extensive contraction of smell (olfactory) receptor gene repertoires and loss of a dozen vision-related genes in the echolocating bats. (2016-11-01)

Global analysis reveals why many bat populations are in decline
Many of the 1,300 species of bat are considered to be threatened and declining. A new analysis reveals trends and causes of death in bats around the world, shedding new light on the possible factors underlying population declines. (2016-01-19)

Smooth, manmade surfaces create a 'blind spot' for bats using echolocation
Bats are well known for their sophisticated use of echolocation to navigate through areas riddled with obstacles, but now a new study reveals that this useful ability is hindered in the face of smooth vertical surfaces -- those that are particularly likely to be manmade. (2017-09-07)

All bat handlers should get rabies jab
All bat handlers in the United Kingdom should be immunised against rabies, following the death of a bat conservationist in Scotland last year, according to an expert in this week's BMJ. (2003-04-03)

Hunting bats rely on 'bag of chips effect'
When bats hunt in groups at night, they rely on the sounds of their fellow bats to tip them off on the best places to a grab a good meal. Researchers reporting their findings in the Cell Press journal Current Biology on Jan. 8 are calling this behavior the 'bag of chips effect.' (2015-01-08)

Vampire bats recognise their prey's breathing
Vampire bats, the only mammals to feed exclusively on blood, including human blood, recognize their prey by the sound of its breathing. In a study published today in the open access journal BMC Biology, vampire bats of the species Desmodus rotondus could recognise recorded human breathing sounds much better than human participants could. (2006-06-16)

Scientists discover new bat species in West Africa
An international team of scientists, including biologists from, the University of York, has discovered five new species of bats in West Africa. (2013-09-03)

Bats identified as hosts of Bartonella mayotimonensis
The modern sequencing techniques have shown that bats can carry a bacterial species previously been shown to cause deadly human infections in the US. (2014-11-06)

What did the katydids do when picking up bat sounds?
Ecosystems can be incredibly complex, with many interacting species. In many habitats, predators shape they behavior of prey and prey shape the behavior of predators. This paper provides a detailed look at the predator-prey relationship between bats and katydids, a group of insects related to crickets and grasshoppers. (2020-08-28)

'Non-echolocating' fruit bats actually do echolocate, with wing clicks
In a discovery that overturns conventional wisdom about bats, researchers reporting in Current Biology have found that Old World fruit bats -- long classified as 'non-echolocating' -- actually do use a rudimentary form of echolocation. Perhaps most surprisingly, the clicks they emit to produce the echoes that guide them through the darkness aren't vocalizations at all. They are instead produced by the bats' wings, although scientists don't yet know exactly how the bats do it. (2014-12-04)

Hungry bats compete for prey by jamming sonar
A study published today in Science shows that Mexican free-tailed bats jam the sonar of competitors to gain advantage in aerial foraging contests. (2014-11-06)

Do bats adapt to gates at abandoned mines?
Abandoned mines can serve as roost sites for bats, but because the mines pose serious risks to humans, officials often install gates at their entrances. (2018-06-20)

Researchers bust bat rabies stereotype
A study by University of Calgary researchers has confirmed that bats are not as disease-ridden as the stigma suggests. Previous studies have suggested that typically about 10 percent of bats taken by the public to be tested have the disease but new research says the number is closer to one per cent regardless of species or where the bats roost. (2011-01-31)

How bats relocate in response to tree loss
Identifying how groups of animals select where to live is important for understanding social dynamics and for management and conservation. In a recent Journal of Wildlife Management study, researchers examined the movement of a maternity colony of big brown bats as a response to naturally occurring tree loss. (2019-10-09)

After the next sunset, please turn right
Despite the fact that bats are active after sunset, they rely on the sun as their most trusted source of navigation. Researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology found that the greater mouse-eared bat orients itself with the help of the Earth's magnetic field at night and calibrates this compass to the sun's position at sunset. (2010-03-29)

Bats can learn from other species, in addition to their own
Not only are bats capable of auditory-based social learning to identify a new food source from individuals in their own species, but they can also learn about new food sources just as quickly from members of a different species, a new study finds. These results suggest that bats may learn from different species in nature and offer further insights into the adaptive strategies and evolution of bats. (2018-03-21)

Too many bats are being killed for research
The work of zoologists worldwide is often an important asset for biodiversity protection, but a new article notes that scientists kill many bats -- even of threatened species -- to study them. (2017-07-19)

Researchers to investigate wind power effects on bats in the Baltic Sea region
Despite the increasing numbers of wind turbines, their impacts on the environment are poorly known. A new study published by researchers in Finland focuses on wind turbines in the Baltic Sea region and their impact on bats and their migration. (2020-08-24)

How invasive species threaten bats
A new review is the first to describe the scope of threats to bats by invasive species. (2017-08-30)

Big brown bat males call 'dibs' on food
As big brown bats wake up from their winter slumber and start zooming around in pursuit of insects to eat, how do they coordinate their activities in the dark of night? For one thing, according to researchers who report in Current Biology, males do it by telling other males to back off. In so doing, those vocal males -- each with their own distinctive calls -- increase their chances of a meal. (2014-03-27)

Moths mimic sounds to survive
In a night sky filled with hungry bats, good-tasting moths increase their chances of survival by mimicking the sounds of their bad-tasting cousins, according to a new Wake Forest University study. (2007-05-30)

Human rabies often caused by undetected, tiny bat bites
While being bitten by a bat is rare, people should be aware that most human rabies cases in the United States were caused by bat bites that probably were unrecognized or undetected, according to an article in the May 2002 Annals of Emergency Medicine. (2002-05-03)

Bats go quiet during fall mating season
Giving someone the 'silent treatment' during courtship might not be the best strategy for romance. But, new research shows hoary bats fly with little or no echolocation at all as a possible mating-related behavior. (2018-05-02)

Sex is the ultimate risky business (for flies in bat territory, that is)
If you are a fly living with bats in a cowshed, sex really could be the death of you. That's according to a study in the July 24th issue of Current Biology, a Cell Press publication, showing that bats eavesdrop on the sounds of fly sex to earn themselves a super-sized dinner deal: two flies for the price of one. (2012-07-23)

The scientists found out, that bats are transmitters of infections dangerous for humans
Bats for a long time were not considered as the transmitter of dangerous infections which was a reason why scientists did not study their parasites. The international research team (USA, Mexico, and Russia) is focused on studying a role of bats and their parasites in the circulation of dangerous natural focal infections in the territory of Central America and particularly in the territory of Antilles archipelago, where tourism is developed. (2016-06-05)

Light pollution impairs rainforest regeneration
Increasing light pollution in tropical habitats could be hampering regeneration of rainforests because of its impact on nocturnal fruit-eating bats. (2014-03-11)

No need for sophisticated hunting techniques: Equatorial bats live the easy life
Most of the world's bats use extremely sophisticated hunting techniques, but not bats around the equator. They use pretty much the same less sophisticated hunting techniques as their ancestors did millions of years ago. They probably do not need more than that, because life at the equator is easy. (2015-06-23)

Bat sonar and anti-submarine warfare
Dolphins do it. Big brown bats do it. And sometime soon, the Office of Naval Research hopes its researchers will be able to do it too. Echolocation, that is, and turning the processing of such signals into a system that will enable us to mimic a flying bat's ability to detect and classify a flying beetle in three dimensions at thirty feet. (2002-04-24)

How to avoid a bat
Current understanding of the co-evolution of bats and moths has been thrown into question following new research reported today in Current Biology. (2006-12-18)

Keeping an ear out for kin
Bats can distinguish between the calls of their own and different species with their echolocation calls, report scientists of the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology in Seewiesen. (2010-05-19)

Why wind turbines can mean death for bats
Power-generating wind turbines have long been recognized as a potentially life-threatening hazard for birds. But at most wind facilities, bats actually die in much greater numbers. Now, researchers reporting in Current Biology, a Cell Press journal, on Aug. 26 think they know why. (2008-08-25)

Desert bats reveal the secret of their survival
Desert bats reduce water loss by changing the make-up of their skin, allowing them to thrive in some of the world's most inhospitable environments. This is surprising given the anatomy of bats and the energy they expend in flight and may provide significant insight into how bats might respond to a future changing climate. This work is being presented at the Society for Experimental Biology Annual Conference in Prague on Wednesday, June 30, 2010. (2010-06-29)

Large moths need to hear better
The larger the moth, the better hearing senses it needs if it wants to avoid its worst enemy, the bat. A large moth is easier to detect for a bat, and therefore evolution has forced large moths to develop larger and more sensitive ears. But the improved hearing comes at a price, says sound researcher Annemarie Surlykke from University of Southern Denmark. (2013-08-19)

Discovery in Africa gives insight for Australian Hendra virus outbreaks
A new study on African bats provides a vital clue for unraveling the mysteries in Australia's battle with the deadly Hendra virus. (2012-01-12)

Molecular evolution is echoed in bat ears
Bats' ability to echolocate may have evolved more than once, according to research published this week by Queen Mary, University of London scientists. (2008-09-05)

How bats 'hear' objects in their path
By placing real and virtual objects in the flight paths of bats, scientists at the universities of Bristol and Munich have shed new light on how echolocation works. Their research is published today in Behavioral Processes. (2011-11-24)

Do bats know voices of friends they hang out with?
Is it possible that mammals have the ability to recognize individuals of the same species, whom they know well, by their voice? A new study has found that even in nocturnal, fast-moving animals such as bats, there is an ability to recognize certain vocal aspects of other bats. The study by Hanna Kastein from the University of Veterinary Medicine in Hannover, Germany, and her colleagues is published in the Springer journal Animal Cognition. (2013-05-07)

Molecular evolution is echoed in bat ears
Echolocation may have evolved more than once in bats, according to new research from the University of Bristol published this week in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. (2008-09-04)

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