If Bats Have Wings, So Why Aren’t They Birds

Bats look like birds because they have wings and fly. But they are not birds. They are mammals. Even though they fly, they are very different from birds. Bats do not have feathers and they do not lay eggs.

Why is that so? Lets Find Out.

Bats are furry





Birds have feathers, which they shed yearly to grow new ones. Bats however, grow fur on their bodies.

Bats Have teeth





Birds have beaks, but bats do not. They have teeth.

Bats bear Young Ones





Bats do not lay eggs, but they give birth to young ones like humans do. And like all mammals’ bats nurse their young ones. People are mammals too.

Bats Wings and Birds Wings





The wing structure of bats and birds differs. Birds have feathers projecting back from lightweight, fused arm and hand bones. Bats have flexible, relatively short wings with membranes stretched between elongated fingers.

People and bats have the same number of fingers. Bats are the only mammals that can truly fly. They make up one-fifth of the mammal population on Earth. There are over 1,000 species of bats around the world, making them one of the most prolific groups in Class Mammalia. They are also unique in how they navigate, using sound waves made by the bat (echolocation) instead of relying solely on sight.

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