Why is bat not a bird?

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  1. webismine profile image61
    webismineposted 8 years ago

    Bats can fly, but they are not birds?! Why?

    1. Rod Marsden profile image74
      Rod Marsdenposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Dinosaurs, lizards and birds share common genetic traits. These traits are not shared by warm blooded animals such as humans and bats. There were flying lizards. They have more in common genetically with birds than bats. personally I like both bats and birds.

  2. Lisa HW profile image65
    Lisa HWposted 8 years ago

    Birds aren't mammals.  They lay eggs and have feathers instead of fur.  Bats are mammals.   Bats don't really fly the same way birds do.  They glide instead.

  3. tantrum profile image61
    tantrumposted 8 years ago

    because it's a mammal.
    Birds lay eggs.

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    fun2hubposted 8 years ago

    Bats are rodents.

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      ralwusposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Bats are Not rodents. They don't have those teeth for gnawing, only for sucking yer blood. LOL

  5. WriteAngled profile image81
    WriteAngledposted 8 years ago

    Bats are definitely mammals. They do not lay eggs. They are covered in fur, give birth and suckle their young.

  6. webismine profile image61
    webismineposted 8 years ago

    Wow, greatly differing answers!

  7. KevCC profile image70
    KevCCposted 8 years ago

    Essentially the same answer throughout, bats are mammals. Incidentally bats do fly rather than just glide, Lisa HW maybe you were thinking of flying squirrels?

  8. Uninvited Writer profile image83
    Uninvited Writerposted 8 years ago

    Great, this thread has me thinking of Rocky and Bullwinkle now smile

    1. Cagsil profile image81
      Cagsilposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      lol lol

  9. kerryg profile image86
    kerrygposted 8 years ago

    No, it's been pretty much the same answer every time.

    Bats are mammals like us (in fact, there was recently new evidence discovered that suggests they're relatives of primates), while birds are more closely related to reptiles.

    They fact that they both fly is due to a phenomenon called convergent evolution, which just means that two (or more) unrelated species have developed the same traits in response to similar environmental stimuli.

    1. sooner than later profile image59
      sooner than laterposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      exactly. How this happened is the pond slime in a certain area was under the influence of some stong wind forces. One day, a strong gust came up and raised some of the slime into the air. It didn't fly for long before it landed on the shore, but it determined that it enjoyed flight somehow. Though the slime did not yet have a brain there was a code embedded in the dna that it needed to later grow wings and fly.

      Listen... its all very complex and i dont have all day to describe what happened over 38.65 million years of evolution, but the point is- Thats what happened.

  10. LRobbins profile image57
    LRobbinsposted 8 years ago

    Bats are definitely mammals (I used to teach environmental education).  Another interesting tidbit, some bats give birth hanging upside down.  How's that for talent?

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    ralwusposted 8 years ago

    Well then, paltypussys lay eggs! They are not mammals or birds. LOL And a Kiwi can't fly, not can an ostrich. This is a silly ass question anyway. wink

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    lyricsingrayposted 8 years ago

    because it's a bat lol

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    sneakorocksolidposted 8 years ago

    Are we talking mountain bats or river bats?

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    ralwusposted 8 years ago

    Louisville sluggers

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    Crazdwriterposted 8 years ago

    bats are mammals...and no they do not suck on human's blood. the vampire bat does suck on blood but that of livestock not human. I have a hub about bats and I am very interested in them.

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      sneakorocksolidposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Can you eat them?

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        Crazdwriterposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        If you want to be as disgusting as Ozzie then sure you can eat bats.

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          sneakorocksolidposted 8 years agoin reply to this

          They don't taste good?

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            Crazdwriterposted 8 years agoin reply to this

            lmao if you cooked them right then maybe.

  16. wyanjen profile image82
    wyanjenposted 8 years ago

    Birds don't dangle upside down.

    Bats don't poop on my car.

  17. mega1 profile image76
    mega1posted 8 years ago

    Birds are around mainly in daytime

    Bats are here at night! smile

  18. wyanjen profile image82
    wyanjenposted 8 years ago

    Birds don't have pointy ears.

    Bats don't have pointy beaks.

  19. mega1 profile image76
    mega1posted 8 years ago

    Birds tweet
    Bats squeak

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    Crazdwriterposted 8 years ago

    birds are feathery cute
    bats are furry cute big_smile

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    Crazdwriterposted 8 years ago

    birds have feathered wings
    bats have leathery boned wings

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    ralwusposted 8 years ago

    Fruit bats are quite a delicacy so I've been told. Tastes like chicken, a bird. LOL

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      Crazdwriterposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      lmao ewww I would never in a million years eat bat...poor babies are already misunderstood

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        ralwusposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        You might if you lived where they are. I saw them using fishing poles to catch them right out of the air.

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          Crazdwriterposted 8 years agoin reply to this

          with fishing poles? wow...

  23. wyanjen profile image82
    wyanjenposted 8 years ago

    No birds in the belfry.

    No bat flu.

  24. mega1 profile image76
    mega1posted 8 years ago

    humans are often "batty" but not often "birdy"

    1. wyanjen profile image82
      wyanjenposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      all three can be flighty though

  25. Frugal Fanny profile image61
    Frugal Fannyposted 8 years ago

    Birds don't use echo-location to locate their food the way bats do.

  26. Frugal Fanny profile image61
    Frugal Fannyposted 8 years ago

    ..and I'm bird-brained AND batty. :p

    1. wyanjen profile image82
      wyanjenposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      But since you don't poop on my car, I'm qualifying you as BAT.
      smile

      1. Frugal Fanny profile image61
        Frugal Fannyposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        lmao!

    2. elisabethkcmo profile image74
      elisabethkcmoposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      thats funny

  27. Will Apse profile image89
    Will Apseposted 8 years ago

    Bats have boobs. Birds with boobs would be scary.

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      Justine76posted 8 years agoin reply to this

      lol i thhought guys liked ANYTHING with boobs....
      and chickens have breasts....

  28. Lisa HW profile image65
    Lisa HWposted 8 years ago

    I've occasionally had giant moths on my front-door glass that really have the face and ears of miniature bat.  I wonder if those were really baby bats, birds, or flying mini-kittens.

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      Justine76posted 8 years agoin reply to this

      mini kittens lol
      prolly little bats. we get them here sometimes.

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        Crazdwriterposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        I wanna see a mini kitten that flies! lol

        1. Lisa HW profile image65
          Lisa HWposted 8 years agoin reply to this

          Come look out my front door in - oh, say - July.  smile

  29. myownworld profile image76
    myownworldposted 8 years ago

    bats hang upside down, even when sleeping
    now birds have more sense than that..roll

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    cosetteposted 8 years ago

    bats aren't rodents, they are their own species, just as rabbits are. lots of creatures can fly that are not birds...

    1. webismine profile image61
      webismineposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      In hubpages' topics, bats come under Rodents:

      http://hubpages.com/topics/pets-and-ani … /bats/4647

  31. blogdigz profile image58
    blogdigzposted 8 years ago

    can bats walk?

 
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