Two bats competing for prey and a visual rendering of the jamming call
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Bats jamming sound of competitors

For the first time, a species of bat has been observed interfering with the sound signals of their competitors to stop them feeding.

Bats were "jammed" the moment they were about to hone in on their insect prey, making them miss their target.

The rival who emitted the call was then able to capture and eat the insect for itself.

The audio features a Mexican free-tailed bat making a jamming call to disrupt the feeding buzz of a second bat, who is unsuccessfully attempting to capture prey.

The audio is 20 times slower than real life.

  • 07 Nov 2014