The wooly false vampire, Chrotopterus auritus, is one of the largest bats in the new world. It is a carnivore that primarily eats small mammals (mice and rats, small opossums, shrews), but also birds and smaller species of bat (Bonato et al., 2004; Nogueira et al., 2006). C. auritus locates these prey items by sound, using it’s huge ears and sensitive hearing. It kills mammals with a bite to the neck, and birds with a bite to the head, and then consumes it’s prey hanging upside down (Medellin, 1989).
The individual in this video was a female caught in a mist net set outside a cave in the North of the Golden Stream Corridor Preserve.
With a range extending from southern Brazil to southern Mexico, a large population and presence in protected areas, this species is listed as least concern on the IUCN red list.
- Bonato, V., Facure, K.G. and Uieda, W. (2004). Food habits of bats of subfamily Vampyrinae in Brazil. Journal of Mammalogy 85, 708-713
- Medellin, R.A. (1989). Chrotopterus auritus. Mammalian Species 343, 1-5
- Nogueira, M.R., Monteiro, L.R. and Peracchi, A.L. (2006). New evidence of bat predation by the woolly false vampire bat Chrotopterus auritus. Chiroptera Neotropical 12, 286-288