Mexican free-tailed bats form some of the largest congregations of mammals on the planet. One cave in Texas is estimated to contain 20 million individuals. These large colonies consume an enormous number of insects every night, many of which are agricultural pests. Mexican free-tailed bats forage for food for longer and go further afield than other bats, travelling at around 80kph (50mph) when flying over open ground.
Scientific name: Tadarida brasiliensis
Brazilian free-tailed bat
Species range provided by WWF's Wildfinder.
The following habitats are found across the Mexican free-tailed bat distribution range. Find out more about these environments, what it takes to live there and what else inhabits them.
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Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web
Population trend: Stable
Year assessed: 2008
Classified by: IUCN 3.1