Cooperative relationships in vampire bats: Feb 10, 2021
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:
- Carter et al. 2009. White-winged vampire bats (Diaemus youngi) exchange contact calls. https://doi.org/10.1139/Z09-051(PDF)
- Carter et al. 2008. Antiphonal calling allows individual discrimination in white-winged vampire bats. (PDF)
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
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)
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Photos by Gerald Carter
Not a great photo, but hard to get color photo of food sharing. Here’s more.
Photos by Uwe Schmidt
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:
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Drawings by Imran Razik (permission required for use)