Kōrero: Bats

Wing of a long-tailed bat

Wing of a long-tailed bat

Bat wings consist of a thin elastic membrane of skin that extends from their hind legs and tail to their arms, and across to four elongated fingers. Bats can change the shape of their wings quickly by moving their fingers. This is why they can dart about in the air with ease. They use their thumbs for climbing, and walking about on the ground.

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Veronika Meduna, 'Bats - Bats in New Zealand', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/photograph/9747/wing-of-a-long-tailed-bat (accessed 24 September 2019)

Story by Veronika Meduna, published 24 Sep 2007