Animal Species:Common Blossom Bat

Common Blossom Bats often hover in front of flowers as they feed from them. They are important pollinators of many rainforest plants.

Common Blossom Bat

H & J Beste © Australian Museum

Standard Common Name

Common Blossom Bat

Habitat

Common Blossom Bats roost on tree branches, hidden by leaves, in rainforest, wet eucalypt forests and paperbark swamps.

Feeding and Diet

Common Blossom Bats eat the nectar and pollen of bottlebrush, paperbark, banksia and gum tree blossoms. They have a long, narrow face and a very long, thin tongue with brush-like tip which helps them collect nectar and pollen from flowers.

Conservation Status

Common Blossom Bats are vulnerable to loss of feeding and roosting habitat from clearing of forests for agriculture and housing estates.

Classification

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

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