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Silver-haired Bat

Lasionycteris noctivagans


I think this is the Silver-haired Bat (Lasionycteris noctivagans). Black bat about four inches long, with not much silver on it, but in a certain light, I can see a bit of silver, I suppose.


I'm fairly certain this little bat was living in our chimney during the summer time. I think he crawled down the chimney and made his way into our house. We live in a evergreen forested area with some deciduous trees, where bats always fly at night time from tree to tree - or sometimes from chimney to tree!


My husband (at the time) took him out of the house in a jar. The poor bat squeaked like crazy! I took some pictures of him outside, at a fairly safe distance. He crawled away into the forest - if a bat isn't flying, then that's a sign he may be sick, right? I was surprised to see the bat crawl away and not fly - is that normal? I recorded over 350 bats flying out from behind my chimney during July 2015. See the video:

1 Species ID Suggestions

ElsiOuzts 8 years ago
Silver-haired bat
Lasionycteris noctivagans Silver-haired bat

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Ava T-B 8 years ago

Please consider adding this spotting to the new North American Bat Tracker mission at

YukoChartraw 8 years ago

What a cute little guy! He makes a perfect Halloween decoration in the pic #2!

MrsPbio 8 years ago

Very nice!

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Hoquiam, Washington, USA

Spotted on Jul 25, 2012
Submitted on Dec 23, 2012


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