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Black-bearded Tomb Bat Did you see this animal?

Scientific Name : Taphozous melanopogon
Family : Emballonuridae
Order : Chiroptera
Class : Mammalia
Phylum : Chordata
Other Name : Black-bearded Sheath- tailed Bat
Habitat : Forest, Shrubland, Caves and Subterranean Habitats (non-aquatic)
Description : Black-bearded tomb bats are small to medium-sized bats, with a body length of around 6-7 cm (2.4-2.8 inches) and a wingspan of up to 28 cm (11 inches).

They have short, silky fur that is usually dark brown or black in color. They are named after the black fur on their chin, which resembles a beard.

They have long, narrow wings that are well adapted for fast, maneuverable flight. Their wings are also equipped with specialized sensors that allow them to navigate and locate prey in complete darkness.

They are found in various habitats, including deserts, savannas, forests, and human-made structures such as tombs, caves, and buildings.

Black-bearded tomb bats are insectivorous, feeding primarily on moths, beetles, and other flying insects.

They are nocturnal, spending the day roosting in crevices or under loose bark, and emerging at night to hunt for prey.

Black-bearded tomb bats are known to form small colonies and have a breeding season that varies depending on the region. Females give birth to a single offspring, known as a pup, which they care for until it is old enough to fend for itself.

The Black-bearded Tomb Bat is listed as a species of "least concern" on the IUCN Red List, meaning it is not currently at risk of extinction. However, their populations may be declining due to habitat loss and disturbance.
Distribution in Bangladesh
description written by:Asad U. Tanvir,Department of Zoology,Jagannath University,Dhaka; reviewed by:Muntasir Akash,Department of Zoology,University of Dhaka;Taxonomic Checklist:Red List of Bangladesh Volume 2: Mammals, 2015, IUCN; information sources:wikipedia,iucnredlist.org; photo credit:Aditya Joshi(www.inaturalist.org/people/gdevender), photo copyright: iNaturalist.more information please contact with us.