Cape serotine bat (Neoromicia capensis)

Identification pointers

Small brownish bat with a greyish underbelly and semi-scruffy fur, but its colour is very variable, depending on the region in which it is found. Relatively small snout and mouth, with a dome-like forehead. Wing membranes are dark-coloured and the forearm length is about 29-38 mm. It only weighs between 4-10 grams. It has a small wingspan and appears to be almost playful in its flying behaviour when foraging.

Roosting habits

They live in small groups of up to about 20 bats, hiding away in any crevices in the roof found between corrugated iron sheets or brickwork. They are so small that many people aren’t even aware that this species is living in their house roof. They are unobtrusive in their roosting behaviour and in small numbers do not usually cause any damage to roofs or homes. They do however readily occupy a bat house.


Females give birth only once a year to singles, twins, triplets or even quadruplets any time between October and November in the warm summer months8.


Beetles, lacewings, moths, mosquitoes, plant-sucking bugs and whatever flying insects are available.

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Karen Stander
Our box have a spotted eagle owl! We stay on a smallholding in the Chancliff area, Krugersdorp and discovered that our recently serviced owl box, has a long awaited inhabitant! So glad and thankful to have the privilege of sharing our piece of nature with hopefully a breading pair soon! Have to tell you the bats are also happily occupying their box!

Cheryl Siewierski
Brilliant service from hugely knowledgeable installers at our home in Harties this morning. We are thrilled with our new bat and owl boxes and sure the residents of these will be too! Excellent to know that EcoSolutions also monitors numbers and patterns of the owls in perpetuity. Thank you!

Beryl Scott-Payet
Fantastic, thanks to all at Eco Solutions for your support and help with Strix (our injured owl) and the installations of the boxes and houses at Steyn City.


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