BLACK FLYING-FOX FACTS
Largest flying-fox. Short black fur over whole body, with reddish fur at back of neck.
Gould's Fruit Bat, Black Fruit Bat
Head and body length 24cm - 26cm.
Often camps in mangrove swamps. Camps may be shared with other species. Camps may contain hundreds of thousands of bats.
Blossoms of native trees such as Eucalypts and Melaleucas. Also feeds on fruit from introduced plants such as Mangoes.
Gives birth to single young in October. The baby is carried by the mother for first four weeks. At age of one month, the baby is left at the camp while their parent forages. The young can fly at age of 2 months and leave camp to forage with the adults at about 3 months of age.
Found throughout coastal areas of tropical and subtropical Australia.
|Common Name:||Black Flying-fox|
Relatives in same Genus
Spectacled Flying-fox (P. conspillatus)
Grey-headed Flying-fox (P. poliocephalus)