Soprano pipistrelle in flight

Soprano pipistrelle

Soprano pipistrelles have recently been recognised as a species separate from common pipistrelles. These two can only be reliably told apart by the different frequencies of their echolocation calls: 55 kHz for the soprano rather than 45 kHz for the common. It has been suggested that British soprano pipistrelle roosts are more common in Scotland and parts of Ireland. In the August and September mating season, males defend their mating roosts from other males. Females visit the roosts, and one male can have a harem of up to 10 females.

Scientific name: Pipistrellus pygmaeus

Rank: Species

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Map showing the distribution of the Soprano pipistrelle taxa

Species range provided by WWF's Wildfinder.

The Soprano pipistrelle can be found in a number of locations including: Europe, Mediterranean, Russia, United Kingdom, Wales. Find out more about these places and what else lives there.


The following habitats are found across the Soprano pipistrelle 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

Conservation Status

Least Concern

  1. EX - Extinct
  2. EW
  3. CR - Threatened
  4. EN - Threatened
  5. VU - Threatened
  6. NT
  7. LC - Least concern

Population trend: Unknown

Year assessed: 2008

Classified by: IUCN 3.1


  1. Life
  2. Animals
  3. Vertebrates
  4. Mammals
  5. Bats
  6. Vesper bats
  7. Pipistrellus
  8. Soprano pipistrelle

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