Top 10 Largest Bats

This is the second-largest species in Central and South America, with the average length in males being 5.23 inches and 4.9 inches in females.

This tailless species, which can be long as 5.3 inches with a wingspan greater than 3 feet is the largest bat in the Americas.

This animal is the largest horseshoe bat found in Europe. It’s found not only in Europe but in northern Africa and central and eastern Asia.

This animal, which is around 6 inches in length from nose to tail and has an 18-inch wingspan preys on birds and is one of the few species of bats to prey on animals larger than insects.

Wroughton’s Free-tailed Bat: This animal gets its name because its tail is free, or not attached to its wing membranes. 

This species is found in West Africa in countries such as Niger, Nigeria, Cameroon, and Cote d’Ivoire. It can also be found in Congo, Sudan, Angola, and Zambia. 

The Madagascan flying fox is endemic to the African island country of Madagascar and is its largest bat. It can attain a size of 9 to 10.5 inches and a wingspan of over 4 feet.

This creature with the unfortunate scientific name of Hypsignathus monstrosus is found near bodies of water in the forests of central Africa.

The Great Fling Fox is found in New Guinea and the Bismarck Archipelago which gives it its other name of Bismarck Flying Fox.

Also called the golden-capped fruit bat, this animal is the largest bat in the world. Its size is truly impressive.