Greater horseshoe bat colony hibernating in a cave

Horseshoe bats

Horseshoe bats are named after the shape of their noseleaves, a complex horseshoe-shaped fold of skin used to emit echolocational calls and help focus the sound. Broad, round wings provide these bats with excellent manoeuvrability and agility in tight spaces, with many species actually able to hover and pick insects off surfaces and spiders' webs. Horseshoe bats also have a unique roosting posture, wrapping their wings around their body and enshrouding themselves. However, the 100 or so horseshoe species have an array of roosting habits, from large cave colonies to hanging in the open among tree branches.

Scientific name: Rhinolophidae

Rank: Family

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Map showing the distribution of the Horseshoe bats taxa

The shading illustrates the diversity of this group - the darker the colour the greater the number of species. Data provided by WWF's Wildfinder.

The Horseshoe bats can be found in a number of locations including: Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, United Kingdom. Find out more about these places and what else lives there.

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The following habitats are found across the Horseshoe bats distribution range. Find out more about these environments, what it takes to live there and what else inhabits them.

Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web