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Bat Population by Country 2024

Although bats’ nocturnal nature can leave many people afraid of them, they remain an important and highly beneficial class of mammals. Bats help keep insect populations manageable around the world. They also help facilitate the perpetuation of many plant species by dispersing seeds, pollinating various flowers, and more.

Wherever they are in the world, bat populations can be challenging to track and measure, as they’re not only nocturnal but frequently on the move. However, monitoring populations worldwide can help ensure protection and propagation of bat species vital to local ecosystems.

Bat Populations from Country to Country

Although tropical locations tend to boast the highest numbers of bats, as well as the greatest species diversity, many countries around the world have significant bat populations and collectively support a total of over 1,400 species worldwide. Here’s a closer look at bat distribution around the world.

Indonesia

Indonesian ecosystems tend to be quite diverse as a rule, making them perfect places for bats to thrive. As of 2023, Indonesia is home to 175 different known bat species. The lush tropical climate and abundant fruit trees make it especially hospitable to fruit bats.

Brazil

The humid, lush environment in Brazil is also extremely hospitable to various types of bats with the country currently hosting up to 178 different species. But the bats in Brazil don’t just stick to the jungles. Approximately 35 percent of Brazil’s bat species also populate urban areas.

United States

The many climates and environments in the United States give bats plenty of space and variety in which to thrive. It is home to 45 known bat species, including the little brown bat, the big brown bat, and the Mexican free-tailed bat. In fact, Texas houses one of the largest known populations of Mexican free-tailed bats in the world – in Bracken Cave.

Additional countries with plenty of bat diversity include but are not limited to Australia, the Philippines, Mexico, India, Malaysia, and South Africa.

Factors That Influence Bat Distribution

Like all animals, bats tend to populate in areas that cater to their needs, providing plenty of nourishment and protection. The following are some key factors that can influence bat distribution from country to country.

Biodiversity: The variety of food sources and shelter options available in tropical locations is one big reason why countries like Brazil, Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines have higher numbers of both individual bats and different species.

Conservation Efforts: The greater the attention paid to bat conservation and protection within a country, the higher the likelihood that bat populations will be high and diverse there.

Agricultural Solutions: Countries that employ sustainable, organic approaches to agriculture are more bat-friendly, as insect populations remain higher.

Additional factors to consider may include climate change affecting seasonal migration patterns, urbanization, and the presence of threats or diseases in specific areas.

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Country
# of Bat Species
Indonesia225
Colombia217
Ecuador173
Venezuela172
Honduras170
Peru159
Thailand146
Mexico136
Brazil135
Bolivia133
Malaysia125
DR Congo120
Costa Rica120
India114
China112
Kenya110
Tanzania108
Panama108
Guyana107
Myanmar102
Suriname100
Guatemala98
Cameroon97
Uganda95
Papua New Guinea95
Nicaragua92
Australia90
Ghana88
Laos81
Ethiopia79
Angola76
Guinea76
Mozambique73
Philippines70
Sudan69
Belize69
El Salvador68
Zambia65
Zimbabwe64
Central African Republic64
Trinidad and Tobago64
Malawi63
Argentina62
Sierra Leone62
Republic of the Congo62
Liberia62
French Guiana60
Togo56
Paraguay56
Cambodia55
Senegal51
Rwanda51
Benin49
Gabon46
United States45
Nepal45
Iran44
Pakistan43
South Sudan43
Equatorial Guinea43
Russia41
Madagascar40
Burkina Faso40
Brunei40
Somalia39
Turkey38
Solomon Islands38
Burundi37
Namibia37
Nigeria36
Botswana36
Bangladesh35
Greece35
Gambia35
France33
Spain33
Chad33
Italy32
Morocco32
Serbia32
Mali31
Bulgaria31
Croatia30
Eritrea30
Japan29
Romania29
Israel29
Switzerland29
Slovenia29
Montenegro29
Sri Lanka28
Azerbaijan28
Hungary28
Slovakia28
Georgia28
Bosnia and Herzegovina28
Algeria27
Saudi Arabia27
Yemen27
Niger27
Ukraine26
Syria26
Taiwan26
Cuba26
Austria26
Albania26
Armenia26
Germany25
Czech Republic25
Portugal25
Poland23
Kazakhstan23
Canada22
Jordan22
Singapore22
Eswatini22
Andorra22
Egypt21
Uruguay21
Tunisia20
Libya20
Oman20
Jamaica20
Luxembourg20
Cyprus19
United Kingdom18
Belgium18
Turkmenistan18
Djibouti18
Monaco18
San Marino18
Iraq17
North Korea17
Netherlands17
Dominican Republic17
Sweden17
Belarus17
Lebanon17
Liechtenstein17
Moldova16
Lithuania16
South Korea15
Denmark15
Palestine15
Latvia15
Uzbekistan14
Chile13
Tajikistan13
Kyrgyzstan13
Mauritania13
Bhutan13
Guadeloupe13
Grenada13
Hong Kong12
Puerto Rico12
Estonia12
Dominica12
Vatican City12
Finland11
Norway11
Mongolia11
Lesotho11
Ireland10
Malta10
Martinique10
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines10
Montserrat10
Comoros9
Bahamas9
Vanuatu9
New Caledonia9
Saint Kitts and Nevis9
Saint Lucia8
Seychelles7
Antigua and Barbuda7
United Arab Emirates6
Fiji6
Gibraltar6
American Samoa1
Anguilla1
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  1. A systematic revision of the bats (Chiroptera) of Honduras: an updated checklist with corroboration of historical specimens and new records - Pen Soft
  2. Exploring the relationship between bats (Mammalia, Chiroptera) and ectoparasitic flies (Diptera, Hippoboscoidea) of the Orinoquia Region in South America - Pensoft
  3. Evaluation of Awareness, Behavioral Practices, and Risks Associated with Human-Bat Interactions in Kilobero and Mvomero Districts, Tanzania - SUA Digital Library
  4. Bat Biodiversity, Ecology and Conservation in Zambia - Rufford Foundation
  5. First records of 10 bat species in Guyana and comments on diversity of bats in Iwokrama Forest - ResearchGate
  6. The distribution of species from seven bat families in the Philippines - ResearchGate
  7. A tripartite survey of hyperparasitic fungi associated with ectoparasitic flies on bats (Mammalia: Chiroptera) in a neotropical cloud forest in Panama - Parasite Journal
  8. Two Yellow Bat Species Found - National Geographic
  9. Most bat species by country - Guinness World Records
  10. Mammals of Ecuador - Galapagos Unbound
  11. Ten bat species new to Nigeria - Conservation Leadership Programme
  12. Species richness and community structure of bats along a forest elevational transect in Papua New Guinea - BioRxiv
  13. Species diversity of bats (Mammalia: Chiroptera) in Assam, Northeast India - Wildlife Biodiversity
  14. Bat species in your state - PS Country Crafts
  15. Assessing the distribution of a species-rich group in a continental-sized megadiverse country: Bats in Brazil - Wiley Online Library
  16. Bat diversity in three roosts in the Coast region of Oaxaca, México - Neotropical Conservation
  17. Human-Bat Interactions in Rural Southwestern Madagascar through a Biocultural Lens - Sage Journals
  18. Virome analysis of two sympatric bat species (Desmodus rotundus and Molossus molossus) in French Guiana - PLOS ONE
  19. Discovery of new bat species at Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique - Gorongosa
  20. Three new bat species found in Myanmar - PSU (Prince of Songkla University)
  21. Taxonomic revision and additional comments of some bats (Mammalia, Chiroptera) reported from Bolivia, with an updated checklist based on voucher material with verified identities - Pensoft Checklist
  22. Australian Bats - Australian Museum
  23. Pacific Sheath-tailed Bat - Animalia
  24. BATS OF PUERTO RICO - Animalia
  25. BATS OF NEW CALEDONIA - Animalia
  26. BATS OF MONTSERRAT - Animalia
  27. BATS OF MARTINIQUE - Animalia
  28. BATS OF GIBRALTAR - Animalia
  29. BATS OF ESWATINI - Animalia
  30. BATS OF ZIMBABWE - Animalia
  31. BATS OF YEMEN - Animalia
  32. BATS OF VATICAN - Animalia
  33. BATS OF VANUATU - Animalia
  34. BATS OF UZBEKISTAN - Animalia
  35. BATS OF URUGUAY - Animalia
  36. BATS OF UNITED KINGDOM - Animalia
  37. BATS OF UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - Animalia
  38. BATS OF UKRAINE - Animalia
  39. BATS OF UGANDA - Animalia
  40. BATS OF TURKMENISTAN - Animalia
  41. BATS OF TURKEY - Animalia
  42. BATS OF TUNISIA - Animalia
  43. BATS OF TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO - Animalia
  44. BATS OF TOGO - Animalia
  45. BATS OF TIMOR-LESTE - Animalia
  46. BATS OF TAJIKISTAN - Animalia
  47. BATS OF TAIWAN - Animalia
  48. BATS OF SYRIA - Animalia
  49. BATS OF SWITZERLAND - Animalia
  50. BATS OF SWEDEN - Animalia
  51. BATS OF SURINAME - Animalia
  52. BATS OF SUDAN - Animalia
  53. BATS OF SRI LANKA - Animalia
  54. BATS OF SPAIN - Animalia
  55. BATS OF SOUTH SUDAN - Animalia
  56. BATS OF SOUTH KOREA - Animalia
  57. BATS OF SOMALIA - Animalia
  58. BATS OF SOLOMON ISLANDS - Animalia
  59. BATS OF SLOVENIA - Animalia
  60. BATS OF SLOVAKIA - Animalia
  61. BATS OF SINGAPORE - Animalia
  62. BATS OF SIERRA LEONE - Animalia
  63. BATS OF SEYCHELLES - Animalia
  64. BATS OF SERBIA - Animalia
  65. BATS OF SENEGAL - Animalia
  66. BATS OF SAUDI ARABIA - Animalia
  67. BATS OF SAN MARINO - Animalia
  68. BATS OF SAINT VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES - Animalia
  69. BATS OF SAINT LUCIA - Animalia
  70. BATS OF SAINT KITTS AND NEVIS - Animalia
  71. BATS OF RWANDA - Animalia
  72. BATS OF RUSSIA - Animalia
  73. BATS OF ROMANIA - Animalia
  74. BATS OF PORTUGAL - Animalia
  75. BATS OF POLAND - Animalia
  76. BATS OF PERU - Animalia
  77. BATS OF PARAGUAY - Animalia
  78. BATS OF PALESTINE - Animalia
  79. BATS OF PAKISTAN - Animalia
  80. BATS OF OMAN - Animalia
  81. BATS OF NORWAY - Animalia
  82. BATS OF NORTH KOREA - Animalia
  83. BATS OF NIGER - Animalia
  84. BATS OF NICARAGUA - Animalia
  85. BATS OF NETHERLANDS - Animalia
  86. BATS OF NEPAL - Animalia
  87. BATS OF NAMIBIA - Animalia
  88. BATS OF MOROCCO - Animalia
  89. BATS OF MONTENEGRO - Animalia
  90. BATS OF MONGOLIA - Animalia
  91. BATS OF MONACO - Animalia
  92. BATS OF MOLDOVA - Animalia
  93. BATS OF MAURITANIA - Animalia
  94. BATS OF MALTA - Animalia
  95. BATS OF MALI - Animalia
  96. BATS OF MALAYSIA - Animalia
  97. BATS OF MALAWI - Animalia
  98. BATS OF LUXEMBOURG - Animalia
  99. BATS OF LITHUANIA - Animalia
  100. BATS OF LIECHTENSTEIN - Animalia
  101. BATS OF LIBYA - Animalia
  102. BATS OF LIBERIA - Animalia
  103. BATS OF LESOTHO - Animalia
  104. BATS OF LEBANON - Animalia
  105. BATS OF LATVIA - Animalia
  106. BATS OF LAOS - Animalia
  107. BATS OF KYRGYZSTAN - Animalia
  108. BATS OF KAZAKHSTAN - Animalia
  109. BATS OF JORDAN - Animalia
  110. BATS OF JAPAN - Animalia
  111. BATS OF JAMAICA - Animalia
  112. BATS OF ITALY - Animalia
  113. BATS OF ISRAEL - Animalia
  114. BATS OF IRELAND - Animalia
  115. BATS OF IRAQ - Animalia
  116. BATS OF IRAN - Animalia
  117. BATS OF HUNGARY - Animalia
  118. BATS OF HONG KONG - Animalia
  119. BATS OF GUINEA-BISSAU - Animalia
  120. BATS OF GUINEA - Animalia
  121. BATS OF GUADELOUPE - Animalia
  122. BATS OF GRENADA - Animalia
  123. BATS OF GREECE - Animalia
  124. BATS OF GHANA - Animalia
  125. BATS OF GERMANY - Animalia
  126. BATS OF GEORGIA - Animalia
  127. BATS OF GAMBIA - Animalia
  128. BATS OF GABON - Animalia
  129. BATS OF FRANCE - Animalia
  130. BATS OF FINLAND - Animalia
  131. BATS OF FIJI - Animalia
  132. BATS OF ETHIOPIA - Animalia
  133. BATS OF ESTONIA - Animalia
  134. BATS OF ERITREA - Animalia
  135. BATS OF EQUATORIAL GUINEA - Animalia
  136. BATS OF EGYPT - Animalia
  137. BATS OF DR CONGO - Animalia
  138. BATS OF DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - Animalia
  139. BATS OF DOMINICA - Animalia
  140. BATS OF DJIBOUTI - Animalia
  141. BATS OF DENMARK - Animalia
  142. BATS OF CZECH REPUBLIC - Animalia
  143. BATS OF CYPRUS - Animalia
  144. BATS OF CUBA - Animalia
  145. BATS OF CROATIA - Animalia
  146. BATS OF CONGO - Animalia
  147. BATS OF COMOROS - Animalia
  148. BATS OF CHINA - Animalia
  149. BATS OF CHILE - Animalia
  150. BATS OF CHAD - Animalia
  151. BATS OF CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC - Animalia
  152. BATS OF CANADA - Animalia
  153. BATS OF CAMEROON - Animalia
  154. BATS OF CAMBODIA - Animalia
  155. BATS OF BURUNDI - Animalia
  156. BATS OF BURKINA FASO - Animalia
  157. BATS OF BULGARIA - Animalia
  158. BATS OF BRUNEI - Animalia
  159. BATS OF BOTSWANA - Animalia
  160. BATS OF BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA - Animalia
  161. BATS OF BHUTAN - Animalia
  162. BATS OF BENIN - Animalia
  163. BATS OF BANGLADESH - Animalia
  164. BATS OF ANGOLA - Animalia
  165. BATS OF ANDORRA - Animalia
  166. BATS OF ALGERIA - Animalia
  167. BATS OF ALBANIA - Animalia

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