The only mammal capable of true flight is a bat. The rib-like extended fingers of the hand supports its long wings, which extend to the length of its entire body, right up to the hind limbs.
Each finger of the bat moves independently which gives the flying bat superb manoeuvrability and more sprightly flight control than is possessed by birds. However, a batís wingbeat is slower than a birdís. When in flight, a bat first raises its half-folded wings above the back and then, spreading the wings open, brings them sharply down, doing this regularly at a lazy pace.
Its superb ability to fly and navigate in the dark, aided by its radar, has made it an extremely successful predator by night.
A bat feeds on a variety of fruit, insects and rodents. It locates its prey through high-pitched sound and echoes. Its sense of smell and hearing is excellent. There are about 1,100 different species of bats across the world.