High manoeuvring costs force narrow-winged molossid bats to forage in open space

@article{Voigt2011HighMC,
  title={High manoeuvring costs force narrow-winged molossid bats to forage in open space},
  author={Christian C Voigt and Marc Holderied},
  journal={Journal of Comparative Physiology B},
  year={2011},
  volume={182},
  pages={415-424}
}
Molossid bats are specialised aerial-hawkers that, like their diurnal ecological counterparts, swallows and swifts, hunt for insects in open spaces. The long and narrow wings of molossids are considered energetically adapted to fast flight between resource patches, but less suited for manoeuvring in more confined spaces, such as between tree-tops or in forest gaps. To understand whether a potential increase in metabolic costs of manoeuvring excludes molossids from foraging in more confined… CONTINUE READING
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