Tri-colored bat

  

Tri-colored bat (Perimyotis subflavus)

Identification

Total Length

3 to 3.5 inches (85-89 cm)

Weight

4 to 8 grams

Wingspan

8 to 10 inches (21- 26 cm)

Back fur color

Reddish, yellowish, or orangish brown to tan

Belly fur color

Slightly lighter

Tragus

Blunt and straight 

Distinguishing characteristics

Pink to red forearms, black wings

Back fur is tricolored: gray at base, lighter center, darker tip

Roost Pattern

Solitary; occasionally small groups of 1-3 individuals

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Habitat

  • Found in caves, hollow trees, cliff crevices, mines, buildings and other man-made structures

Food Habits

  • Usually one the first species to emerge in the evening
  • Feed on small flying insects such as flies, beetles, and moths
  • Erratic flyers with small foraging grounds near woodland or stream edges, over pastures and ponds. Resemble a large moth in flight.

Range

  • Eastern Unites States from the Central Great Plans to the east and southern Canada south to northern Central America

Range Map from Tennessee Bat Working Group

Reproduction

  • Mating occurs in the fall
  • Young born from late May to mid-July
  • Litter size usually 2 pups
  • Young able to fly at about 4 weeks of age
  • Maternity colonies are small