Animal Species:Large-eared Pied Bat

Large-eared Pied Bats were discovered in the 1960s. Little is known about them.

Standard Common Name

Large-eared Pied Bat

Habitat

Large-eared Pied Bats roost in caves, mines and unused bird nests.

Seasonality

Large-eared Pied Bats roost together in small groups during spring and summer and hibernate in colder months.

Feeding and Diet

Large-eared Pied Bats are thought to feed on small flying insects.

Conservation Status

Large-eared Pied Bats are vulnerable to disturbance from human visitors to cave roosts, destruction of caves by mining, and loss of feeding habitat by clearing for agriculture and housing estates.

Classification

Species:
dwyeri
Genus:
Chalinolobus
Family:
Vespertilionidae
Order:
Chiroptera
Subclass:
Eutheria
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Phylum:
Chordata
Kingdom:
Animalia

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1 comment

suzi27 - 1.05 PM, 30 May 2011
Hi, on May 29th 2011, my husband started up our tractor, unremarkable until a small black shape was catapulted out of the exhaust pipe (the pipe faces the Great Dividing Range - near Braidwood, NSW)and onto the ground. He carefully picked it up (bare hands, we hadn't read any warnings) and the tiny bat, we think it was a large-eared pied bat clung to his fingers. I placed it in a scarf (bare hands again!) and left it on a shelf in a shed to recover. Great news, next morning it had disappeared, hopefully unharmed by it's rude awakening. We were so anxious to place the bat somewhere quiet and quickly that unfortunately, no photo was taken. Any comments welcomed, thank you.

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