Bats of Georgia

Bats of Georgia


  • Rafinesque's big-eared bat (Corynorhinus rafinesquiiGA Rare
  • Big brown bat (Eptesicus fuscus)
  • Silver-haired bat (Lasionycteris noctivagans)
  • Eastern red bat (Lasiurus borealis)
  • Hoary bat (Lasiurus cinereus)
  • Northern yellow bat (Lasiurus intermediusGA Species of Concern
  • Seminole bat (Lasiurus seminolus)
  • Southeastern myotis (Myotis austroripariusGA Species of Concern
  • Gray myotis (Myotis grisescensUS & GA Endangered
  • Eastern small-footed myotis (Myotis leibiiGA Species of Concern
  • Little brown myotis (Myotis lucifugusGA Species of Concern
  • Northern long-eared myotis (Myotis septentrionalisUS & GA Threatened
  • Indiana myotis (Myotis sodalisUS & GA Endangered
  • Evening bat (Nycticeius humeralis)
  • Tri-colored bat [formerly Eastern pipistrelle] (Perimyotis subflavusGA Species of Concern
  • Brazilian free-tailed bat (Tadarida brasiliensis)


Georgia is home to 16 species of bats! Bats are a valuable and fascinating part of Georgia's natural heritage. They provide a beneficial service by foraging on flying insects, many of which are pests. A single bat can eat hundreds of mosquitoes in one hour. They also eat large numbers of moths and beetles that cause agricultural damage.

Bats will opportunistically roost and forage in altered habitats such as suburban and agricultural landscapes. A few species, however, have specific habitat needs, such as caves with suitable temperature and humidity, or large, hollow bottomland trees. Populations of these species are more vulnerable to habitat alterations and are of conservation concern. Other factors impacting bat populations include pesticides and water quality that impact aquatic-based food supplies, wind energy and as of the mid-2000s, a disease known as white-nose syndrome.

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