A colony of Mexican free-tailed bats (Tadarida brasiliensis) roosting in an interstate highway overpass in Belton, Bell County, Texas, was studied weekly from 28 June to 21 November 1996 (except for the week of 4 July). We examined 2 aspects of roosting behavior: site-specific fidelity to locations within the roost and gender-related segregation within the roost. Colony estimates based on guano production showed a marked decrease in the number of bats from 19 to 26 July; many of these departing bats were adult females. No female bats sampled after this interval were pregnant. Male bats outnumbered females on nearly all sampling occasions. Throughout the study, one section of the roost was dominated by males, ranging from 83% to 100% of total bats. The majority of bats recaptured at least once were faithful to specific locations within the roost, and more than 70% of bats recaptured multiple times were faithful to specific roost locations.
Sgro, Mario P. and Wilkins, Kenneth T.
"Roosting behavior of the Mexican free-tailed bat (Tadarida brasiliensis) in a highway overpass,"
Western North American Naturalist: Vol. 63:
3, Article 11.
Available at: https://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/wnan/vol63/iss3/11