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Nectar-feeding Bats

At Pook’s Hill Lodge in Belize the Hummingbird feeders with sugar water are put up to provide supplementary nectar source for the several of the resident humming birds species: the Long-tailed Hermit, Little Hermit, White-necked Jacobin, White-bellied Emerald and of course  the rowdy Rufous-tailed Hummingbirds. About 12 months ago a population of another local resident, the Long Tongued or Nectar-feeding Bat, also learnt that is a convenient source of nectar. Now around the lodge everyday at dusk there is a shift change. The hummingbirds go to rest and the bats come out and during the course of the night they finish off all the sugar water in feeders. As you can see in the photos there are often as many as half a dozen of the bats around one feeder!