• Lower Cliff Dwelling

    Tonto

    National Monument Arizona

Big Free-tailed Bat

Big Free-tailed Bat
Nyctinomops macrotis

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Wingspan: 17 – 18”; Body length: 3 – 3 1/2”
Diet: primarily moths

The big free-tailed bat is found in rocky country where it roosts in crevices high up on cliff faces. These bats are powerful flyers, and strays have been found as far away as British Columbia.

This bat is of special concern, since it is uncommon throughout most of its range. When or where breeding occurs is unknown. The only probable maternity colony was located in 1937.

Did You Know?

old photo of the Lower Cliff Dwellings

The first known written record of the cliff dwellings at Tonto National Monument dates from 1880. Archeologist Adolph Bandelier visited the dwellings in 1883, and said they were some of the best preserved he had ever seen. More...