California Myotis

Distinguishing Features:

Small, brown hair with black face and black ears.

 

Mating season:

Fall

 

Birthing Season:

Winter

 

Number of Pups Born:

1

 

Litters Per Year:

1

 

Nursing Behavior:

Females roost alone or form small maternity colonies of about 20 individuals, usually in the loose bark or trees or rock crevices. 

 

Behavior:

Colonized.

During the day, the California myotis will roost in the bark of dead trees, particularly ponderosa pines, rock crevices or buildings.

Sexes roost separately during summer but together during hibernation.

Emerges shortly after sunset to forage, flying at irregular intervals until dawn. Flight is slow and erratic as it hunts along edges of tree canopies and over water. Males and non-reproductive females roost in small groups or alone.

 

Habitat:

Common in riparian areas.

Also deserts, canyons, shrub-steppe, dry grasslands, and dry forests. 

 

Hibernation:

They hibernate during winter.

Migration:

Do not typically migrate 

 

Diet:

Insectavores 

(Microchiroptera)

 

Life Span:

15 years

 

Fun facts:

One of the country’s smallest bat species.

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