Hoary Bat

photo by Tom Benson CC BY-NC-ND

Hoary Bats have white-tipped brown fur on back and tail and yellow fur on head and throat. They are Canada's largest bat (13-16 in wingspan, 5-6 in long, 1.2 oz) and are widely distributed throughout Canada and the United States. They are the only bat found in Hawaii.

Hoary Bats roost in trees, often evergreens, coming out at night to hunt flying insects. They raise their young in the north in the summer but migrate south for the winter. They are solitary creatures.

Did you know? The females bear two young in late June. The young stay in the tree while their mother goes out hunting for food.

See Also: Big Brown Bat, Little Brown Bat, Northern Long-eared Bat, Red Bat