Hoary Bat

Hoary Bat

Conservation

Least concern conservation status

Scientific Classification

OrderChiroptera
FamilyVespertilionidae
GenusAeroestes
Binomial nameAeroestes cinereus

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Description

The hoary bat is a species of vesper bat found in most areas of North America and much of South America.

This species usually ranges between 13 to 14.5 centimeters in length and weighs approximately 26 grams.

The hoary bat is the largest in Canada. They are characterized by dense and dark brown coat with white tips, from which the name comes. Females can be up to 40% heavier than males.

These bats usually roost solitarily on trees, hidden by foliages. They live in coniferous forests and generally hunt over open areas or lake. They have a very long migratory pattern.