Bats Uganda Safari



Bats are divided into two classes i.e. the fruit bat and the insect bats.

i) Fruit bats; these are mammals with large brown eyes in a long, lemur-like head, with funnel shaped ears and broad, crepe-textured wings (with claws on the first and second digits) which are the most notable peculiarities of fruit bats. They are entirely dependent on a year long supply of fruits and flowers. Almost all fruit bats disperse seeds by picking fruit in one tree and excreting its seeds in another. As the name suggests, most fruit bats live in equatorial forests while a few species live in caves. Their behavior is characterized by making vocals very often and roosting mainly in large groups in open trees.

Location; – most forests of Uganda

ii) Insects bats; insect bats use high-frequency echo location to navigate, hunt, prey and communicate. Their shelters range from individual roosts in vegetation or in crevices to mass roosts in caves or mines. As they are reluctant to fly during the day, insect bats are best observed while at rest in their day roosts. Their feeding habits is characterized by catching small insects and be beetles. The bats prefer the wooded habitats and savannah areas. Insect bats are very acrobatic while feeding makes audible calls and will scurry side ways if disturbed and roost in houses.

Location; – most caves and houses