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Volume 77, Issue 2 (May 2013)


Observation of successful mobbing of an insectivorous bat, Taphozous nudiventris (Emballonuridae), on an avian predator, Tyto alba (Tytonidae)

Radek K. Lučan
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Published Online: 2012-12-13 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/mammalia-2012-0067


Mobbing in animals is an aggressive behaviour performed cooperatively towards a potential predator. In bats, the existence of mobbing is based on both intra- and interspecific behavioural responses of freely flying individuals to distress calls emitted by live bats or playbacked by researchers. In this note, we describe the mobbing behaviour of free-living naked-bellied tomb bats Taphozous nudiventris on the barn owl Tyto alba as the first direct observation of mobbing by a bat on its potential avian predator.

Keywords: Barn owl; Chiroptera; mobbing behaviour


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Corresponding author: Radek K. Lučan, Faculty of Science, Department of Zoology, Charles University in Prague, Viničná 7, CZ–12844, Czech Republic

Received: 2012-05-16

Accepted: 2012-10-30

Published Online: 2012-12-13

Published in Print: 2013-05-01

Citation Information: Mammalia, ISSN (Online) 1864-1547, ISSN (Print) 0025-1461, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/mammalia-2012-0067.

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