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Peter’s Ghost-Faced Bat

Peter's Ghost-Faced Bat

Peter’s Ghost-Faced Bat (Mormoops megalophylla)

The Ghost-faced Bat are the largest insect feeding bat on the island. The head and body are 6 to 8 cm and it weighs 15-16grams. They catch their prey by flying low above water and ground.

Sometimes you can hear a typical rattling sound that the bat makes by chattering his jaws.

Peter’s Ghost-Faced Bat

The face of this bat is very remarkable, as you can clearly see in the picture. It is formed by the complex folding of the skin.

The bats start flying about 10 minutes before it is completely dark. But they are most active around 23.00hr.

On Curaçao, and probably on Bonaire, the period of the newborn young is around September-October. This coincides with the start of the rainy season, the period of the highest concentrations of insects.

They live in caves, preferring the darkest and warmest chambers. Here bats are often seen hanging on both legs instead of just one leg like most bat species. These bats form colonies, but they hang separately. On Bonaire so far only two caves are known to have a population of the Ghost-Faced Bat. The species can be found along the Caribbean coast of South America.

Click on below images to find out more about bats!

Bat Species Bonaire
Bat species on Bonaire

Bat Behaviour, Diet and Habitat
Bat Behaviour, Diet and Habitat

Davy’s Naked-Backed Bat Photo © Geoffrey Gomes
Davy’s Naked-Backed Bat

Curaçaoan Long-Nosed Bat
Curaçaoan Long-Nosed Bat

Pallas’ Mastiff Bat or Velvety Freetailed Bat
Pallas’ Mastiff Bat

Little Brown Bat Photo © ssolari
Little Brown Bat

Trinidadian Funnel-eared Bat Photo © Geoffrey Gomes
Trinidadian Funnel-Eared Bat

Small Leaf-Nosed Bat Photo © University of Alaska Fairbanks
Small Leaf-Nosed Bat

Millers Long-Tongued Bat
Millers Long-Tongued Bat

Greater Bulldog Bat
Greater Bulldog Bat