Vampire bats in cave in Panama, filmed in high definition

Vampire bats in 2 minutes

Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute Video

Vampcam Timelapse

Vampcam Sample clip

Vampires feeding partners across a barrier

PhD fundraising video:

Vocal recognition in white-winged vampire bats:

Food sharing (1990, Trials of Life, BBC):

Food sharing behavior in common vampire bats

Food begging behavior in white-winged vampire bats

Vampire bat detects surveillance camera

Non-maternal grooming of a pup

Should we kill vampire bats?

A talk on my research at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute

Do vampire bats have friends? (BBC)

Animal friendship talk by Lauren Brent (TED)

Robert Seyfarth on baboons and the evolutionary origins of friendship (Annual Reviews)


People often ask me for pictures of vampire bats. Many of the ones you find via Google Search are not great. These ones are by Uwe Schmidt, myself, and others and are available to use under a Creative Commons License (click on images for more information).

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Gerald Carter

Common vampireCommon vampire bat, Desmodus rotundus IMG_8867

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Not a great photo, but hard to get color photo of food sharing. Here’s more.Regurgitated food sharing in common vampire bats, Desmodus rotundus

Uwe Schmidt

Common Vampire Bat Skull

Diphylla ecaudata -Hairy-legged vampire bat, Gerry Carter
Hairy-legged vampire bat, Diphylla ecaudata (closeup)

Hairy-legged vampire bat, Diphylla ecaudata
For a great picture of a white-winged vampire bat, see this one by Dan Riskin.

Pictures of captive vampire bats by Rachel Moon:

Also, see

Merlin Tuttle’s vampire bat photos

If you would like to share good-quality images for vampire bats under the same or similar license, you can send them to me and I will post them here. Or you can post a link in the comments below.

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