Animal Species:Bare-rumped Sheathtail Bat

Bare-rumped Sheathtail Bats take their name from their backs which have little hair below the hips. This species has not been recorded in Australia for many years.

Bare-rumped Sheathtail Bat

A Compton/Nature Focus © Australian Museum

Standard Common Name

Bare-rumped Sheathtail Bat

Habitat

Bare-rumped Sheathtail Bats are found in caves, hollow trees, between rocks, and under house eaves. They roost together in colonies but hang apart from each other.

Feeding and Diet

Bare-rumped Sheathtail Bats eat flying insects. They fly high and straight over the tops of trees in a variety of forest types hunting for prey.

Conservation Status

Bare-rumped Sheathtail Bats are vulnerable to destruction of roost sites in caves by mining, tree hollows by clearing for agriculture, disturbance by human visitors to cave roosts and changes to feeding areas by agricultural activities.

Classification

Species:
saccolaimus
Genus:
Saccolaimus
Family:
Emballonuridae
Order:
Chiroptera
Subclass:
Eutheria
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Phylum:
Chordata
Kingdom:
Animalia

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