Bat navigation

Yossi Yovel, Nachum Ulanovsky

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterpeer-review


Bats exhibit remarkable navigation capabilities on a wide range of spatial scales. In this chapter we summarize the current knowledge on bat navigation outdoors. We review previous research examining bats’ use of different navigation strategies, including (1) beaconing, (2) route-following, (3) path integration, and (4) mental map. We then discuss what is known about the encoding of three-dimensional space in the bat’s brain and its possible links to navigation. Finally, we highlight key open questions-at both the behavioral and neural levels-which should be pursued in future experiments to elucidate bat navigation and its neural mechanisms.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Curated Reference Collection in Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Psychology
PublisherElsevier Science Ltd.
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9780128093245
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2016


  • Bats
  • Beaconing
  • Compass
  • Echolocation
  • Grid cells
  • Head-direction cells
  • Magnetosensation
  • Map
  • Navigation
  • Path integration
  • Place cells
  • Route-following
  • Spatial cognition
  • Spatial memory
  • Vision


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