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Red Bat

Lasiurus borealis

Photo:Mont St-Hilaire Nature Center
Red Bat. Photo:Mont St-Hilaire Nature Center

The red bat is perhaps the most handsome of all the bat species found in Canada. It is graceful flyer which does not reach very high speeds. The red bat has been known to migrate during the fall and winter. It has regularly been seen making pit stops as far away as Bermuda. During the summer the red bat can be found across southern Canada from Nova Scotia to southern Alberta. It has also been recorded as far west as British Columbia. This bat has a habit of being seen in odd places such the Northwest Territories and miles at sea, southwest of Nova Scotia. The red bat feeds primarily on flying insects such as moths and tiny beetles.

Map of Red Bat in Canada
Distribution of Red Bat in Canada

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