Animal Sonar pp 619-623 | Cite as

How the Bat, Pipistrellus Kuhli, Hunts for Insects

  • Hans-Ulrich Schnitzler
  • Elisabeth Kalko
  • Lee Miller
  • Annemarie Surlykke
Part of the NATO ASI Science book series (NSSA, volume 156)

Abstract

Most studies on the insect catching behavior in bats describe either echolocation behavior or capture techniques and flight behavior. Only in a few laboratory studies have both behaviors been studied simultaneously. We were able to do this in the field following the development of a battery operated 6 flash strobe system, which could be synchronized with the sound recordings. This equipment is still very bulky and cannot be moved during a recording session. Therefore we concentrated our efforts on a bat species, which reliably hunted in one area and could therefore be easily photographed. In the village Gornije Okrug near Trogir in Yugoslavia we found a site where several Pipistrellus kuhli regularly hunted for insects near a street light. The data from 10 nights of recording are presented here.

Keywords

Hunt Sonar Photography Adapter 

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© Plenum Press, New York 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • Hans-Ulrich Schnitzler
    • 1
    • 2
  • Elisabeth Kalko
    • 1
    • 2
  • Lee Miller
    • 1
    • 2
  • Annemarie Surlykke
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Lehrbereich ZoophysiologieUniversity of TübingenTubingenFederal Republic of Germany
  2. 2.Institute of BiologyOdense UniversityOdenseDenmark

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