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|Cüce Yarasa / Pipistrellus pipistrellus / Common Pipistrelle |
Pipistrelles are the smallest bat in Turkey.
Life span : The maximum recorded age is 16 years.
Body length: 3.5-4.5cm, Wingspan: 19-25cm, Weight: 3-8g.
Physical description : Pipistrelles are the smallest European bats. They have dark red/brown fur on their backs and yellow/brown undersides. The ears, nose and wing membranes are black/brown.
Distribution : Common
Habitat : They occupy a variety of habitats, including open woodland, parks, marshes, farmland and urban areas.
Diet : Pipistrelles emerge from their roosts to feed relatively early - sometimes before sunset. They hunt small moths, gnats and other small insects, often returning to their roost after a couple of hours, although they may emerge for another feed during the night. A single pipistrelle may consume up to 3,000 insects in one night.
Behaviour : In the summer they tend to roost in buildings, bat boxes and trees. In the winter they also use trees and buildings, as well as large churches and cellars. They hibernate from mid-November to the beginning of April. They are rapid, agile fliers, flying about 5-10m above the ground.
Reproduction : Males defend their own territories from other males during the mating season (August to September). Females visit these mating roosts, and one male can have a harem of up to 10 females.
The young are born in June/July, and although they usually only produce one infant in the UK, in central Europe they commonly have twins. Mothers recognise their young using smell and hearing. The young are able to fly after 3-4 weeks, and leave the roosts in August/September.
Conservation status : Pipistrelles are not threatened and are the commonest bat, but numbers have decreased over the past decade. They are not listed by the IUCN list of threatened species.
Notes : Scientists have recently recognised the soprano pipistrelle as a separate species to the common pipistrelle. It can only be reliably told apart from the common pipistrelle by its echolocation call which is on 55 kHz rather than 45kHz.
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harika olmuş kazım hocam ellerine sağlık selam ve sevgiler..
- [2009-09-14 7:09]
Interesting immage,good photo.Regards.Alin.
What a wonderful capture this Pipistrellus pipistrellus!
Very nice shot, with perfect tones and sharpness. Unusual subject for TN. TFS,
günaydın Kazım Hocam.
uzun bir aradan sonra seni tekrar burada görmek hele hele böyle güzel bir çekim ve benim favori grubumdan bir kare ile ne güzel. bilgi notu da çok güzel fotoğraf da. eline sağlık, fazla ara vermeden daha sık görüşmek dileğiyle
- [2009-09-20 22:46]
Very nice shot of this bat i like sharpness and black bg in this shot thanks for sharing.
with best wishes
- [2009-10-01 22:50]
Hello Kazim !
I love to see bats, but we do not see many on TN, so I am happy to see that you have posted one some weeks ago. You managed to capture impressive details on her body and her face, and I also like the composition, the POV, the black BG which makes the insect stand out, and you made excellent use of your flash. Very well done !