Animal Species:Common Blossom Bat

Fawn to reddish-brown, large eyes, long narrow face and a long thin ‘brush-like’ tongue.

Common Blossom Bat

H & J Beste © Australian Museum

Standard Common Name

Common Blossom Bat

Alternative Name/s

Eastern Blossom Bat, Southern Blossom Bat

Identification

A small nectar feeding bat. It is fawn to reddish-brown in colour above with a paler belly. It has a long narrow face, large eyes and a very long thin tongue, with a brush-like tip.

Size range

Up to 6 cm.

Distribution

Eastern and north-eastern Australia.

Habitat

Rainforests, wet eucalypt forests and paperbark swamps.

Feeding and Diet

Its diet is highly specialised, consisting of nectar and pollen from bottlebrush, paperbark, banksia and gum tree blossoms. It usually lands on flowers to feed, but will often hover in front of them to collect the nectar and pollen. It is an important pollinator of many rainforest plants.

Mating and reproduction

Roosts individually in dense foliage up in the sub-canopy. One young is born in early spring, followed by another in late summer to early autumn.

Danger to humans and first aid

Normally harmless, but it is best to avoid handling any bat because they may carry the potentially fatal Australian Bat Lissavirus (ABLV), which is transmitted through scratches or bites.

Classification

Species:
australis
Genus:
Syconycteris
Family:
Pteropodidae
Order:
Chiroptera
Subclass:
Eutheria
Class:
Mammalia
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Phylum:
Chordata
Kingdom:
Animalia

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Louise Carter , Technical Officer
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