Danube Virtual Museum

Common Noctule (Nyctalus noctula)

Title: Common Noctule (Nyctalus noctula)
Location/Region: The Danube near Pančevo (riparian forests)
Chrolonology: 1900 - 2000
Museum: Natural History Museum in Belgrade
Country: Serbia
Dimensions: 9 x 5 x 4 cm
Production Technique: Taxidermy on a pedestal


Members of this species are frequently observed in riparian forests along the Danube. They stay in the hollows of old willows, poplars and other trees, and find food high above the water's surface. Although not particularly related to the water surface like some other species of bats, the valley of the Danube River is the main migration corridor of Noctules and the species stretches over a distance of more than 1,000 kilometers during the spring and autumn migrations. In those periods, especially in late afternoon and evening hours, small and big flocks of noctules can been seen and heard flying in haste to reach their summer or winter habitat.

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