Bats & Flight
Bats belong to the order Chiroptera, which literally translates to “hand-wing,” and they are the only mammals to truly achieve flight.
Their wings are hairless membranes of skin that typically stretch from the bat’s shoulders to their hind legs and are both durable and elastic in nature.
Wings stabilize bats during flight and are made up of blood vessels and musculature, and can heal extraordinarily fast if torn.
While the rest of the digits on their hands support these wings, bats also have prominent thumbs used for grasping and climbing.
How Do Bats Fly?
The mechanics of bat flight plays a huge role in bat hunting activities.
They use a type of sonar, called echolocation, to find insect prey and can be seen regularly swooping and diving to catch their food.
They emit high-pitched sounds undetectable to human ears that bounce off objects and return to the bat’s highly sensitive ears.
This helps them determine where their food is located. Thanks to the dexterity provided by their wings, bats make almost instant maneuvers in the air mid-flight once insects are discovered.
Bats use their echolocation and enhanced maneuverability to avoid mid-air collisions, as well.
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