European free-tailed bat

© T. Stoeckle


The European free-tailed bat is one of the biggest species of bats in France! Its wingspan can measure up to 40 centimetres. Its long and narrow wings allow it to fly long distances and up to 300 metres high. On summer nights they are easily recognised by their characteristic “tsick-tsick” sounds that it emits every one or two seconds depending on its activity.

Scientific name

Tadarida teniotis

Where can you see it?

  • Natural habitats: Rocky habitats

Did you know?

This is the only bat that emits ultrasounds for hunting and moving that can be heard by the human ear.

Conservation stake



  • Disturbance by humans

How can I help to protect it?

  • I keep away from the caves