Monday, 10 September 2007

Common Pipistrelle (Pipistrellus pipistrellus)

Adult Common Pipistrelle (subspecies P. p pipistrellus) at Geddington, Northants - August 2013

OTHER NAMES: Pipistrelle, Common Bat
Featured Subspecies: Pipistrellus pipistrellus pipistrellus
Weight: 3-8g
Length: 4.5cm
Wingspan: 18-25cm

The Common Pipistrelle is one of the most common bats in the UK - it is very similar to the Soprano pipistrelle and they are mostly only identifiable at close range of through use of sonic measuring equipment, although in this case as the more common species it's more likely to be the common.  A small species with a fairly conventional set of features by bat standards, chances are if you see a bat in an urban area it is this species.

Related Species:
Order: Chiroptera
Family: Verspertilionidae
Genus: Pipistrellus
SUBSPECIES: P. p. aladdin, P. p. pipistrellus

 - Sighting Locations -
UNITED KINGDOM - The most common bat species in the UK, fairly common in Summer
 - A single individual seen in Geddington, a good number of bats seen at numerous other sites were probably this species

Further Notes: RSPB, WikipediaBirdGuides, BirdForum Opus, ArkiveIUCN Red List

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