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Bat, Angolan Free Tailed

Unread post by Batmad » Wed May 07, 2008 8:18 pm

The Angolan Free Tailed Bat (Mops condylurus) is undoubtedly one of Kruger's most common species of bat. It is a member of the Molosidae family (Free Tailed Bats) and is highly gregarious often roosting in groups of 100-1000 individuals. They are distinguished from other bats within Kruger by the tail hanging free from the tail membrane (Free Tailed Bat) , the mastiff like face and the white/off white underparts.

This species is common in the majority of camps within Kruger but one of the best places to see this species is in Letaba rest Camp where they occupy the bat houses. It is a must do when visiting the camp and staying over to go to one of these bat houses at sunset and to witness these bats drop from their roost in their thousands!
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Unread post by p@m » Thu May 08, 2008 10:05 pm

:clap: :clap: :clap: I certainly learnt from your description -- well done :clap:

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Unread post by JenB » Tue Jun 10, 2008 6:59 pm

Cool idea! I'll start? :wink:

Taken in Pretoriuskop rest camp.
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Unread post by Batmad » Tue Jun 10, 2008 7:07 pm

Little Free Tailed Bat (Chaerephon pumilus)


This is one of the most common bats in the park and is often found in the thatch roofs of the various camps. If you had to turn that bat around you will see a white line of fur on the side of the stomach, a clear characteristic of this species.

Food: Various assortments of Insects

Habits: A very gregorious bat found in large colonies in crevices, bridges or roofs. They are kown for their pungent smell when they roost in big colonies, a characteristic of Free Tailed roosts.
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Unread post by Batmad » Sun Jun 29, 2008 7:23 pm

Angola Free Tailed Bats :) (Mops condylurus)

The incident with the fork tailed drongo- Drongo's are carnivorous birds at the best of times and im not surprised that it went for the bat. I once saw a Woodlands Kingfisher eating a Little Free Tailed Bat :)
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Re: Bats, Free Tailed

Unread post by Batmad » Wed Feb 18, 2009 6:52 pm

Are there any more questions on this subject?? I may be able to answer them :wink:
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pictures of Angolan free-tailed bat

Unread post by Peter Apps » Fri Sep 18, 2009 1:18 pm

Greetings all

I am updating the Smithers Mammals of Southern Africa Field Guide, and I want to upgrade the Angolan free-tailed bat (Mops condylurus) to a full species treatment. Penny Meaking is doing the new illustrations, and I need photographs for her to work from. To my surprise I am finding it difficult to find anyone who has pictures of Angolan free-tailed bats.

Ideally it would be good to have a nice clear shot of the whole animal, but Penny is able to combine parts from different pictures, so cropped edges, odd things in the background, and parts of human hands may not be a major problem.

As an incentive I can offer an acknowledgment in the book , and a free copy.

Please PM me.

Thank you

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Re: Mammal ID Needed?

Unread post by Batmad » Wed Oct 14, 2009 3:46 pm

darth bangkok wrote:Hi there,

I was wondering if anyone can help me id these bats which i saw in Skukuza rest camp. Thanks in advance!

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Ok, sorry for the late reply havent been on the forums in ages! :redface:

these bats in the bat house are Angolan Free tailed bats (Mops condylurus) in your first photo you can clearly see the white underbelly which is diagnostic of this species.

the bats flying out of the letaba bridge are also probaley Angolan Free tailed bats but they could also be Little Free tailed bats. i would think a mixture of both as i have recorded angolan on the letaba bridge before but i have heard of little free tailed being present aswell.

Aussie Ranger- it may look like a slit faced bat because the bat in the photo has its mouth open which may couse it to look like a slit in the photo but slit faced bats normally roost in caves and not bat houses. bat houses are genrally built for the crevice dwelling species :wink:
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Re: Bats: ID Needed?

Unread post by Kooning » Mon Aug 27, 2012 8:38 pm

I own a camera trap that I recently placed in the Woody Cape section of Addo Elephant NP and it managed to photograph a bat! (The ID was easy enough thanks to the tail :wink: , but I won't spoil it for the rest).

However I was wondering about the colour. From what I've read it sounds like the "normal" colour is rather pale and that there is a "rufous" variant that is especially common in the eastern parts of it's range. Now, since this is the only colour I've photographed I'm not sure whether it the "normal pale" or the "darker rufous" colour?
Maybe Batmad can come to the rescue?

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Btw, if you are interested in some more camera trap images of other mammals from the Woody Cape, then you should be able to find it by searching for something like "woody cape camera trap" on google.
(I don't want to directly link to the site from these forums, there might be some rules against it that, I must admit, I haven't read
:whistle: )

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Re: Bats: ID Needed?

Unread post by Batmad » Fri Aug 31, 2012 9:29 pm

Hi There Kooning!

Nycteris thebaica has an orange sort of form and the more common pale form. Often one can see a mixture of the two forms as in the case with your photo. Your bat has a slight bit of orange colouring on his head area.
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Re: Bats, Angola Free Tailed

Unread post by Batmad » Tue Jul 16, 2013 11:08 am

An individual handed to me at Letaba Rest Camp by a member of staff, was a bit shell shocked for some reason. Placed him in a high spot after checking him out and off he went :D

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