Grey-headed Flying Fox (Pteropus poliocephalus) - A fruit bat native to Australia. They are brown, with varying shades of grey on their head and back. Although mainland Australia has 75 different species of bats, the 4 species of fruit bats are the largest with some being the largest known bats in the world. They have a wingspan of 1m (over 3ft) wide. Although mating happens year round, the female will only produce one baby in April. They have a lifespan in the wild of 15-20 years.
Around dusk, the bats will leave their roost to travel at night to feed on pollen, nectar and fruit. This amazing natural phenomenon is a spectacular sight as thousands of bats leave their colonies from trees along the coastal region. Grey-headed Flying Foxes can be seen roosting in the trees of the Royal Botanic Gardens and urban parks in Sydney.
Sydney Bats - click on this link 'Flying Fox' to see an Australian website for more information on this threatened and vulnerable species.
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Posted by Wayne at 10:06 AM