Townsend’s Big-Eared Bat
This bat’s name fits; it has very large ears, which make its head look small. It has a brown body, with darker face and ears, and its underside is white. Townsend’s Big-Eared Bats can live in many different places, such as forests and deserts, and they can live in high elevations, such as mountains, or low elevations, such as valleys. They can live in tree cavities (hollow holes in either live or dead trees), caves, or abandoned buildings.
A Townsend's Big-Eared bat hanging from a rock
Townsend’s Big-Eared bats love to eat moths, but they have also been known to eat beetles, flies and other insects.
Did you know?
Many bat species have “maternity colonies.” When the females have their babies, or “pups,” they gather together in groups, called “maternity colonies,” and no male bats are present until the pups are raised and ready to go out into the world.
A close-up of a Townsend's big-eared bat