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Black-bearded Tomb Bats (Taphozous melanopogon) range widely across most of Southeast Asia, forming colonies ranging from a few individuals to several thousand, typically in cave entrances, large rock crevices, temples or tombs. They are fast flyers that feed on insects caught high above forests. Fur color of young or newly molted individuals is gray, often bleaching to rusty reddish, especially in adult females. They are named "black-bearded" due to the black patch of fur characteristic of adults. Portraits
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