Terminal buzz gives bats their hunting edge


BATS owe their hunting prowess to superfast muscles in their larynx, which allow them to make a series of increasingly rapid calls as they home in on their prey. Most bats use echolocation to find prey. After a bat spots an insect it calls more frequently to get more information about the speed and direction of its prey, eventually calling up to 160 times a second (160 hertz). This final sequence of calls is known as the terminal buzz. The muscles that Myotis daubentoni uses to create the buzz move so quickly that they are classed as “superfast”,
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