Yellow house bat/African Yellow bat (Scotophilus dingani)
by Hannes Calitz — last modified 2009-07-10 08:09
A Yellow house bat sitting in a resting position.
The prominent yellow underbelly of the yellow house bat.
Light brown above with prominent yellow underbelly, eyes are clearly visible and the snout is short and broad (figures 3 & 4). The forearm length (FA) is 50-58 mm and its mass is about 14-42 g (see figures 1 & 2)10. Medium-sized bats that are regularly seen in suburban areas flying at dusk.
This species is an opportunistic crevice or hollow dweller and usually prefers roofs with a ceiling in suburban areas, hiding between the wooden rafters and brickwork inside the roof. Occasionally they share a home with the smaller Cape serotine bat, and may be distinguished from the latter in flight by its larger wing size and high speed. Colonies living in a house roof will usually not reach more than a dozen bats in Johannesburg, which is indeed a small colony8. They may readily occupy a bat house.
Females give birth only once a year to a single young, twins or maybe even triplets. Young are born in the warm summer months any time from October to March10.
Mostly beetles, but also plant-sucking bugs, flies, flying termites, moths and lacewings8.