lesser horseshoe bats hanging


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  • Location: Banias Nature Reserve, Israel
  • Source: www.birdboxisrael.org/
  • Info: Live streaming webcam featuring a colony of lesser horseshoe bats in the Banias Nature Reserve in Israel.

    The lesser horseshoe bat is one of the smallest bats in the world and weighs only 5 to 9 grams. It takes its name from the distinctive horseshoe-shaped nose leaf which the bat uses for echolocation. Lesser horseshoe bats hibernate from October until late April or early May, most often in caves, tunnels, and cellars. Roosting individuals prefer to hang in close proximity to others when hibernating. They have both Summer and winter roosts which are generally no more than 5-10 km apart.