Are Bats Birds? In New Zealand, The Bird Of The Year Is A Bat

By: Dominic Hernandez

This year, New Zealand oddly chose the Long-tailed Bat as the bird of the year. I personally don’t believe bats to be birds. Birds have feathers! They lay eggs. Bats don’t have either of these features. They are scientifically mammals; they do not lay eggs and do not have beaks. Bats, as well, are the only mammals that are able to fly.

In this competition, It’s been the only year that a non-bird has been put into the running. New Zealand only has two land mammals. This long-tailed bat from New Zealand is currently endangered, as are the native birds. This species of bat is the size of a bumblebee when it is born. When matured, it’s the size of a thumb.  Due to their size, they often become prey to many animals and rodents.

Somehow, these mammals have managed to become the bird of the year over in New Zealand, maybe they just wanted to do something different this year. 

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