Yellow house bat/African Yellow bat (Scotophilus dingani)

Identification pointers

Light brown above with prominent yellow underbelly, eyes are clearly visible and the snout is short and broad. The forearm length is 50-58 mm and its mass is about 14-42g. Medium-sized bats that are regularly seen in suburban areas flying at dusk.

Roosting habits

This species is an opportunistic crevice or hollow dweller and usually prefers roofs with a ceiling in suburban areas, hiding between the wooden rafters and brickwork inside the roof. Occasionally they share a home with the smaller Cape serotine bat, and may be distinguished from the latter in flight by its larger wing size and high speed. Colonies living in a house roof will usually not reach more than a dozen bats in Johannesburg, which is indeed a small colony. They may readily occupy a bat house.


Females give birth only once a year to a single young, twins or maybe even triplets. Young are born in the warm summer months any time from October to March.


Mostly beetles, but also plant-sucking bugs, flies, flying termites, moths and lacewings.

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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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