true vampire bat

Definitions of true vampire bat
  1. noun
    any of various tropical American bats of the family Desmodontidae that bite mammals and birds to feed on their blood
    synonyms: vampire bat
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    types:
    Desmodus rotundus
    mouse-sized bat of tropical Central America and South America having sharp incisor and canine teeth; feeds on the blood of birds and mammals
    Diphylla ecaudata, hairy-legged vampire bat
    similar in size and habits to Desmodus rotundus; of tropical America including southern California and Texas
    type of:
    carnivorous bat, microbat
    typically having large ears and feeding primarily on insects; worldwide in distribution
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