Hammer-headed bats are megabats widely distributed in West and Central Africa. Megabats are so called for their larger weight and size. Hammer-headed bats have wingspans of around 1 meter or about 3 feet. They weigh from 250 gram to 500 gram. They got the hammer-head name from their boxy heads with enormous lips and moose like appearance. Though females have more fox-like faces.
These bats are frugivorous, consuming a variety of fruits such as figs, bananas, and mangoes, though a few instances of carnivory have been noted. Females tend to travel a consistent route to find predictable fruits, whereas males travel more to find the highest quality fruit. It forages at night, sleeping during the day. The hammer-headed bat is sometimes considered a pest due to its frugivorous diet and its extremely loud honking noises at night.
🔥 Hammer-headed bat (aka big-lipped bat) from Africa 🔥 pic.twitter.com/aNXj3Lz3yh— Nature is Lit (@Nature_Is_Lit) August 5, 2020
On a nicer note, please enjoy this hammer-headed fruit bat pic.twitter.com/9cZLMscMY7— Gwdihŵ 🦉 (@youwouldknow) June 1, 2020
People around the world suddenly found out about this bat species and they started to share pictures. In 2020 hammer-headed bat gained huge popularity on the internet. And with their cute look, no doubt they can melt your heart in no time.