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Strange Tails

We're delighted to have a strong population of strange-tailed tyrants at the reserve. So much so that we've adopted these beautiful and endangered birds as the symbol of the Trust

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Sturnira lilium

Sturnira lilium

Litte Yellow-shouldered Bat

The Little Yellow-shouldered Bat is part of the  family Phyllostomidae (leaf nosed bats).  It exists in the Ibera marshes and we often catch this species in our nets in the warmer months when we have plenty of fruit.  It is a frugivore and fruit of the Solanum plays a large part in its diet. This species is very common in the north of Argentina.

This bat below was caught in Calilegua National park, Jujuy,  and is a well marked male.

It is named after the yellow shoulder patches on the adult males which are glands used in the reproductive phase to attract the female. Strangely we sometimes find these glands on the females as well.

This is a medium sized bat of around 25g with a spear like nose-leaf and a rounded head.  The fur is soft and velvety and can be of various colours but the base of the fur is usually pale.   Our bat was predominantly yellow but the female was a grey colour.

 

Sturnira lilium

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