Animal Species:East Coast Freetail Bat

East Coast Freetail or Mastiff Bats used to be called Norfolk Island Mastiff ats, but in fact they have never been found on that island.

Eastern Freetail Bat

GB Baker © Australian Museum

Standard Common Name

East Coast Freetail Bat

Alternative Name/s

East Coast Mastiff Bat, Norfolk Island Mastiff Bat

Habitat

East Coast Freetail Bats roost in hollows or under the loose bark of trees in open forests. They roost together in small colonies.

Feeding and Diet

East Coast Freetail Bats eat flying insects. They fly quickly over the tops of trees in forests or along the edges of forests to hunt their prey.

Conservation Status

East Coast Freetail Bats are vulnerable to loss of tree hollows and loss of feeding grounds by forestry activities, clearing for agriculture and housing.

Classification

Species:
norfolkensis
Genus:
Mormopterus
Family:
Molossidae
Order:
Chiroptera
Subclass:
Eutheria
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Phylum:
Chordata
Kingdom:
Animalia

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