Greater horseshoe bat manoeuvres successful through extremely narrow obstacle course

by Daniela Schmieder

PhD Student

Max Planck Institute for Ornithology
Germany

In this experiment the flight performance of the five European horseshoe bats was compared using a three row obstacle course simulating vegetation. Interestingly all tested species managed to fly through the course amazingly well. Even our Greater horseshoe bat from the picture – the biggest species that was tested - performed very well. With a wing span of more than 35 cm it managed to fly through the course at 20 cm obstacle spacing without touching a single obstacle!



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