(Greek: bat, bats; flying mammals with wings: cheir, "hand" + pteron, "wing")
It is said that cheiropters are the only mammals that, with their large membranous wings, were able to achieve active or powered flight, thus making the atmosphere an additional habitat for them.
Chiroptera usually sleep hanging upside down in caves during the day and fly out at night and, although they have small eyes, bats are able to emit and to hear extremely high-pitched sounds, the echoes of which enable them to avoid hitting objects and each other when flying.
Chiropterophilies drink nectar of certain kinds of flowers and these nectar-feeding plants typically offer this sweet liquid secretion for extended periods of time so the bats will return often.
Based on chiroptophobia, vampires in stories and films are often portrayed as being able to transform into bats in order to accomplish their malicious activities.