The naked-rumped tomb bat is insectivorous, feeding on a variety of beetles, crickets, grasshoppers, cockroaches, moths and winged termites (1). Using echolocation in order to navigate and to hunt prey, it often forages around large water bodies where there is an abundance of insects (1). This bat is known to travel long distances from roosting to feeding sites, displaying a high, fast and direct style of flight (3).
The naked-rumped tomb bat roosts in colonies in a variety of locations including crevices in cliffs, rocks and caves, old ruins, wells, mosques, barns, houses, underground tunnels and, as its name suggests, tombs (1) (3) (4). Colonies in Africa and the Mediterranean region are generally restricted to a few individuals, although large colonies of dozens to hundreds of individuals have also been found (1) (5) (6).
Female naked-rumped tomb bats give birth to a single young at a time, although, if similar to other Taphozous species, each female may have a rapid succession of pregnancies and undergo more than one pregnancy each year (7). The female carries the young until it is eight weeks old (7).
Studies have found the naked-rumped tomb bat’s remains in the pellets of the barn owl (Tyto alba), making this one possible predator of this small mammal (3) (8).