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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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Little Yellow-shouldered Bat

Little Yellow-shouldered Bat

Sturnira lilium

The Little Yellow-shouldered Bat is part of the  family Phyllostomidae (leaf nosed bats).  It exists in the Ibera marshes and we have caught this species in our nets away from the houses.  It is a frugivore and fruit of the Solanum plays a large part in its diet.

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

This species is common in Central and South America and feeds on fruit especially solanaceae.

It is named after the yellow shoulder patches on the adult males which are glands used in the reproductive phase to attract the female.

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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