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Black Flying Fox

Photo Courtesy of:  James Cook University


 Black Flying Fox:  Pteropus alecto

  • With a wingspan of over a metre, this is Australia's largest bat.

  • Like most of the other flying fox, It has a loud, crying call, like a spoiled baby screaming in a cartoon.

  • It is found in mangroves and forests along the tropical coast extending down the west coast to Shark Bay and down the east coast to northern N.S.W.

  • It is also found outside Australia, stretching into New Guinea and some of the islands of south-east Asia (Strahan 1998).

  • This bat can generally be found by day in huge noisy, smelly camps in mangroves or forests.

  • At dusk, especially in the tropics, one can see huge numbers of them fly across the darkening sky to feed.

Script: Courtesy of  Damon Ramsey BSc.(Zool) Biologist Guide

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