|Myotis auriculus (Southwestern Bat)|
Weight: 5-8 grams
|Wingspan: 26-28 centimeters||
Ecology and Behavior:
The southwestern bat often occurs in ponderosa pine forests, but also is present from mesquite and chaparral through the oak forests into the pinyon-juniper habitats, and seems to reach its greatest abundance in areas of extensive rocky cliffs where water is available. No day roosts are known, but night roosts include buildings, mines, and caves. Migrations may result in selection of different habitats during different seasons. This species is most active from 1.5-2.0 hours after sunset, but also may show other peaks of activity during the night. Flight speed is about 13 kilometers per hour (8 miles per hour).
Moths are the primary food, and males may eat significantly more moths than females. This bat is known to glean insects, primarily moths with 3-4-centimeter (1-2 inches) wing spans, from buildings and tree trunks; it may land briefly on the substrate, then pick the insect off the surface.
Reproduction and Longevity:
One baby usually is born in June or early July, but timing of birth shows considerable geographic variation. Life span is at least 3 years.
Status of Populations:
Text, in its original form, provided by T. L. Best, M. J. Harvey, and J. S. Altenbach. Printed spectrographs provided by M. J. O'Farrell. Distribution maps, call descriptions, and AnaMusic sound clips produced by W. L. Gannon. Accounts assembled by T. C. Sanchez-Brown.