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Videos

Vampire bats in 2 minutes.

Food sharing explained by David Attenborough (from Trials of Life (1990), BBC)

Grooming and food sharing example (wild-caught vampire bats)

Clips of food sharing in common vampire bats (captive-born vampire bats)

Vampire bats in cave in Panama

Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute Video

Captive colony timelapse (from Organization for Bat Conservation)

Captive colony of vampire bats sample clip (from Organization for Bat Conservation)

Vampires sharing food across a cage-wall barrier


More information: Carter et al. 2017. Food-sharing vampire bats are more nepotistic under conditions of perceived risk

Fundraising video (during my PhD):

Playback experiments showing vocal recognition in white-winged vampire bats:


More information:

White-winged vampire bats close-up

Food begging behavior in white-winged vampire bats

Vampire bat detects surveillance camera

Non-maternal grooming of a pup

Captive bat feeding on live animal for the first time.

More information: Berrío-Martínez et al. 2019. The role of past experience in the development of feeding behavior in common vampire bats

Isolation calls of a vampire bat pup and mother’s response

More information: Bohn et al. 2006 on correlated evolution between hearing and pup isolation calls in bats.

Should we kill vampire bats?

More information: https://streickerlab.com/research/

A talk on my research at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute

Jerry Wilkinson talks about his PhD work on food-sharing in vampire bats. (1997, BBC)


More information: Food-sharing in vampire bats (Scientific American, 1990)

Animal friendship talk by Lauren Brent (TED)

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


Images

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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Photos by Gerald Carter

Common vampire
Common vampire bat, Desmodus rotundus
IMG_8867

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


Photos by Uwe Schmidt

Desmo-boden
Desmo-Flug-01
Desmo-Flug-02
Desmo-Flug-03
Desmo-kolonie-baum
Desmo-scan
Desmodus-mutter+Jungtier
Common Vampire Bat Skull

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

Hairy-legged vampire bat, Diphylla ecaudata

White-winged vampire bat (Diaemus youngi) by Gerald Carter

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

Here are photos by Rachel Moon:

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.

Drawings by Imran Razik (permission required for use)

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