A recent study unveiled that the Mexican free tail bats produce a special ultrasonic calls which block the echolocation of other bats.
Researches named these sounds as “the feeding buzz”. This is the first time in the history when scientists observed this kind of behavior in any specie.
Generally, bats fly down in darkness in order to hunt a prey. They usually release a high pitch sound that increases as they get near to their target. The entire process is known as echolocation. This particular ability is essential for them to search the food. However, this new report reveals that one bat can effortlessly take others prey through this sound.
Aoran Corcoran, the main author of the report was examining moths when he came across the bat calls. He informed that one bat was struggling to catch its prey through echolocation. On the other hand, the second bat was continuously making sounds to disturb the echolocation of the first one.
Moreover, Corcoran notified that whenever a bat makes such kind of sounds the other bat would miss its prey.
Corcoran recorded the movement and sounds of bats with the help of camera. He placed several cameras in different parking lots and several other places.
The study printed in the 6th November edition of Journal Science