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Arden Chatfield

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(Permalink) Posted: April 18 2007,12:01   

Totally off topic, but, poking around on NPR I found this.

An excerpt:

What wasn't known until recently is that the giant noctule may be the only bat that eats birds on the wing. Popa-Lisseanu thinks it starts when the noctules fly thousands of feet up into the night sky. Then they use radar calls to lock in on a migrating songbird beneath them. Then the bat swoops in for the kill.

"They wrap the prey between their wings and the tail membrane," Popa-Lisseanu says, "so they make kind of a cage for the bird."

She says the bats eat just the "most profitable parts" of the migrating bird, such as the breast, where birds accumulate fat and muscle.

Of course, bats didn't do this til after The Fall.

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(Permalink) Posted: April 18 2007,12:19   

I heard the story on the radio this morning.  It seems this behaviour is just seasonal - the bats go after songbirds during the birds' migration, when there are thousands of them flying at night.  During the rest of the year, it's back to insects.  It would be interesting to find out whether the breeding cycle synchronises with this change in feeding.

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(Permalink) Posted: April 18 2007,17:19   

Darren Naish blogged about this behaviour in Greater Noctules back in June 2006.
I must admit, being a bit of bat hobbyist, I was pretty gobsmacked. But in the post preceding that one Darren talks about other bird-eating species.
Very cool stuff. :O


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(Permalink) Posted: April 18 2007,19:50   

Yeah, when one of these bats snags an albatross, I'll be impressed ;)

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(Permalink) Posted: April 19 2007,04:07   

Yeah but the reason that albatrosses stay out at sea is that they're afraid of the bats.
Stands to reason! ;-)

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