Suitable habitat for the western mastiff bat consists of extensive open areas with potential roost locations having vertical faces to drop off from and take flight, such as crevices in rock outcropings and cliff faces, tunnels and tall buildings. This species inhabits various types of open, semi-arid to arid habitats. These include coastal and desert scrublands, annual and perennial grasslands, conifer and deciduous woodlands, as well as palm oases (Ahlborn, 2000; Cockrum, 1960; Allen, 1987).
Range elevation: 5 to 300 m.
Habitat Regions: terrestrial
Terrestrial Biomes: desert or dune ; chaparral ; forest ; scrub forest
Other Habitat Features: urban ; suburban