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Celebrating the World's Largest Urban Bat Colony

And making the world a battier place, one bat house at a time

About Austin's Legendary Bat Colony

Nestled in the crevices under Austin's Congress Avenue Bridge live as many as 1.5 million Mexican Free-tailed bats. Not only do the bats inspire us and our visitors, it seems there's no end to the ways in which artists depict this unique mammal. We celebrate Austin’s legendary bat colony by offering up a bevy of bat-themed items, including bat houses, batwear, batstuff and more, often designed by local artisans and makers.

Did you know that bats are the only mammals capable of true flight?

BAT HOUSES DESIGNED WITH THE BATS' COMFORT IN MIND

Pole mounted black bat house against blue sky

About Our Bat Houses

We offer four bat house models, all certified by Bat Conservation International (BCI). BCI certification affirms that the design, materials, construction and instructions meet quality standards.

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Four color blocks representing our recommended colors

Selecting a Color

The success of your bat house depends on a number of factors, including exterior color. Years of research conducted by BCI confirms that painted or stained houses are "far more successful."

See color recommendations

Back of bat house with steel-to-wood adapter installed

Installing a Bat House

Single chambered bat houses are best installed on a home, barn, or other structure. Multi-chambered bat houses can go on a structure as well as a wooden post or steel pole.

View installation tips

Find out when Austin's bats fly!

Austin Bat Refuge posts regular updates so you can plan your visit to the Congress Avenue Bat Bridge. They track the approximate number of bats flying and detailed weather conditions. Click here to leave our website and go to theirs now!