Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Bat species - Eptesicus

The time has come for me to post my tribute about the second bat species, mentioned on Batman Begins OST.
The Big Brown Bat (Eptesicus fuscus) is larger in size than comparative species of bats, from about 4 to 5 inches (10 – 13 cm) in body length, with a 11-13 inch wingspan and weighing 1/2 to 5/8 ounce. The fur is moderately long, and shiny brown. The wing membranes, ears, feet, and face are dark brown to blackish in color.
Big brown bats are nocturnal, roosting during the day in hollow trees, beneath loose tree bark, in the crevices of rocks or in man-made structures such as attics, barns, old buildings, eaves and window shutters. Big brown bats navigate through the night skies by use of echolocation, producing ultrasonic sounds through the mouth or nose. Together with the hoary bat (Lasurius cinereus), Big brown bats are the only vespertilionids to produce audible sound during flight. Its voice is a click or a sound like escaping steam.
Big brown bats are insectivorous, eating many kinds of night-flying insects including mosquitoes, moths, beetles, and wasps which they capture in flight. This causes the sudden, frequent changes in direction.

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