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Silver-Haired Bat

Lasionycteris noctivagans

Unlike most bats, the silver-haired bat is easily distinguishable. It has a deep chocolate brown color with a white frosting on its back and abdomen. The silver-haired bat is a monotypic species, meaning that it occurs only in one continent (North America). It mainly inhabits forested areas, where it feeds upon insects. This was one of the first bats that was recognized as undertaking migration during the fall and winter months. During the summer the silver-haired bat is solitary, remaining alone under bark or in empty logs. However, when fall arrives, this species congregates with others of its kind to migrate to the southern part of its range. This species is commonly distributed throughout Canada.

Map of Silver-Haired Bat in Canada
Distribution of Silver-Haired Bat in Canada

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