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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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Molossus molossus

Molossus molossus

Velvety Free-tailed Bat

Molossus molossus is a reasonably species common in the northeast of Argentina and covers several provinces.

As he name inplies, it's tail extends beyond the uropatagium, it has soft velvety fur and is a member of the family Molossidae.  It's snout has a noticeable ridge and it has ears that meet in the middle.  The anti tragus is large and slightly heart shaped.  The wings are long and narrow but strong.  It closely resembles its larger cousin Molossus rufus but is smaller with a typical weight of 15g and a forearm smaller than 44mm.

Fur colour is usually dark brown although in the photo the fur is greyer than normal.  It has 26 teeth and the canines are in a distinctive W pattern and short calcars that do not reach the tail.

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