Echolocation and pursuit of prey by bats

Science. 1979 Jan 5;203(4375):16-21. doi: 10.1126/science.758674.


Echolocating bats use different information-gathering strategies for hunting prey in open, uncluttered environments, in relatively open environments with some obstacles, and in densely cluttered environments. These situations differ in the extent to which individual targets such as flying insects can be detected as isolated objects or must be separated perceptually from backgrounds. Echolocating bats also differ in whether they use high-resolution, multidimensional images of targets or concentrate specifically on one particular target dimension, such as movement, to detect prey.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Biological Evolution
  • Chiroptera / physiology*
  • Echolocation / physiology*
  • Environment
  • Orientation / physiology*
  • Predatory Behavior / physiology
  • Species Specificity
  • Ultrasonics