Midas free-tailed bat

Introduction: Midas free-tailed bats (Mops midas) are a gregarious species, occurring in colonies ranging from a few dozen to several hundred. They roost in variety of locations, ranging from hollows in dead trees, buildings and expansion joints in bridges, occupying these locations throughout the year.

Distribution: The woodland savannahs of the Zambezi Region (formerly the Caprivi Strip)

Diet: Larger insects are caught on the wing in fast flying manoeuvres.

Colouring: Short dark brown fur, 'sparsely flecked' with white hair with paler underparts. Wings are dark brown with a narrow band of white, silky hair at the base.

Size: Average body length 140mm.

Weight: 48.5g. The males are larger and heavier than the females.

Bats of Namibia Wildlife of Namibia

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