Strange Tails

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

The growing diversity of the animals of Reserva Don Luis is a fresh source of delight every time we return.  We don't play favourites, but it's impossible not to engage more with some of our more conspicuous guests.  One of these is the strange-tailed tyrant.  The male is stoic in his tolerance of one of nature's strangest - and it would seem least practical - adaptations.  He's willing to suffer to be beautiful, and somehow manages to fly with tail feathers that were surely designed for a bird three times his size.

We love his perseverance; his resolution to succeed against challenge, and his ability to prove that anything is possible.  He's appearing in growing numbers on the Reserva Do Luis, and his success has become an allegory for, and a symbol of, our own.

When we started the process of updating and redesigning our website, we wanted to adopt an image that symbolised our aims and our challenges.  This brave little flycatcher, with his indomitable character, was the perfect choice.

The logo is a stylised profile of a male tyrant, silhouetted against the sunrise.  We coloured the sun the blue of the Argentinian flag in honour of this country's beauty, its climate and the breathtaking span of magnificent animals that it nurtures.

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Platyrrhinus lineatus

Bat Research

Our bat team is conducting bat research both in the Ibera Marshes and in other provinces. We are especially concentrating on Misiones at the moment where we find the largest bat in Argentina, Chrotopterus auriitus and Myotis ruber, two species that we are researching.

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Myotis nigricans (Black Myotis)

Myotis nigricans

Black Myotis

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Myotis nigricans is a small bat in the Vespertilionidae family and is common in northern Argentina.

It weighs between 4-7grams, and, as its name suggests, it usually has black or dark-brown silky fur.  The ears are widely spaced and pointed with a long pointed tragus and this bat feeds on insects on the wing.  It is thought that it uses its long tail membrane to capture insects and to transfer them to its mouth.  It is similar to Eptesicus furinalis but can be diferentiated by its dental structure and by looking at its tail membrane which is furred down to its knees. It is also smaller.

The Black Myotis bears one pup which is independent after 5 or 6 weeks.

The Myotis genus echolocate at higher frequencies than other insectivorous bats in the Ibera marshes and are easy to spot on our detectors.

This bat is common around the reserve and we tend to capture them in our Harp traps.