What is a Group of Bats Called? [Cauldron, Colony, or Collective?]

A colony, a cloud, and a collective. Each term has a different meaning depending on the context.

A colony of bats is typically used to describe a group that roosts together in one location.

A cloud of bats is usually used to describe a large group of bats flying together.

A collective of bats is typically used to describe a group of bats that are working together for a common goal.

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What is a swarming of bats called?

A group of bats is called a cauldron, colony, or collective when they are swarming.

What is a group of bats in flight called?

Cauldron, colony, and collective.

What is a group of baby bats called?

A colony of baby bats is called a pup.

What is a bunch of bats called?

Colony, cauldron, cloud, camp.

What is a large group of bats called?

Cauldron, colony, and collective.

What are Vampire Bats Called?

A group of vampire bats is called a cauldron, colony, or collective.

Bat facts for kids

  • Over 1,300 species of bats exist
  • Bats are mammals.
  • Bats live over 20 years
  • Bats are nocturnal
  • Vampire Bat bites can carry rabies

What are the different types of bats?

Megabats Bat

Megabats are so-called because they are larger than microbats. However, 28% of megabat species weigh less than 50 g (1.8 oz), and the great flying fox weighs up to 1.6 kg (3.5 lb).

They are distinguished from microbats by their dog-like faces, claws on the second digit, and simple ears. They have a uniform color on their fur, and some species have countershading, a neckband or mantle, stripes, and spots.

Pteropus Bats (Flying foxes)

Pteropus is a genus of megabats that lives in South Asia, Southeast Asia, Australia, East Africa, and some oceanic islands.

Flying foxes have long, silky pelage with dense underfur. They lack tails and have small ears and large eyes, and their toes have sharp, curved claws.

They have 24 bones in their skulls, a snout made of 7, a cranium made of 16, and a mandible made of one bone. They have a large braincase and three middle ear ossicles.


Microbats are a suborder of bats within the order Chiroptera. They are paraphyletic and have been shown to use echolocation.

Microbats are 4 to 16 cm long and feed on insects, but some larger species hunt larger mammals and birds.

Vampire Bat

Vampire bats are leaf-nosed bats that feed solely on blood. Three extant bat species are found in Central and South America.

Vampire bats hunt only in the dark and feed on the blood of mammals and birds. Their teeth create a small incision and they lap up the blood.

Rabies can be transmitted to humans by vampire bat bites, but the risk of infection is less than to livestock exposed to bat bites.

Horseshoe Bat

Horseshoe bats belong to the Rhinolophidae family, closely related to Old World leaf-nosed bats. Most of them live in tropical or subtropical regions of the Old World, including Africa, Asia, Europe, and Oceania.

Horseshoe bats are small to medium-sized bats with long, soft fur. The woolly and lesser woolly horseshoe bats have long, woolly fur.

They have small wingtips, low wing loading, and high camber, which give them increased agility. They have average wingspans and aspect ratios and a large total wing area.