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Last updated on April 18, 2014 at 5:21 EDT

Common Bent-wing bat, Miniopterus schreibersii

This species is part of the largest group of bats in the Vespertilionidae family and are found in subtropical regions such as Australia, Ethiopia, Europe and some Asian areas. Large caves or mines are ideal locations where colonies ranging from a few dozen to several million can hibernate. Hibernation lasts for about 12 days. Colonies will migrate several times a year depending on the weather patterns and as far away as 520 miles.

Although the Common Bent-wing Bat is dependent on conservation, there is not a lot of information on this species.

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Mammalia

Order: Chiroptera

Family: Vespertilionidae

Image Caption: Illustration of the Common bent-wing bat. Credit: Andrew Smith/Wikipedia (public domain)

Common Bent-wing bat Miniopterus schreibersii