Animal Species:Little Forest Bat

Little Forest Bats breed once a year and produce only one baby in the summer.

Little Forest Bat

D Whitford ©  Australian Museum

Standard Common Name

Little Forest Bat

Habitat

Little Forest Bats roost in hollows in old trees, buildings, and timber stacks. Up to 50 bats roost together in a colony. Some bats have been seen sharing a nest with possums.

Feeding and Diet

Little Forest Bats hunt small insects that fly through forests. They are agile fliers, able to manoeuvre as they move through the forest after their prey. They usually eat their prey as they fly. They will land on trees to eat if they catch large prey.

Life cycle

Little Forest Bats breed once a year and produce only one baby in the summer. Females carry their baby when they go out to hunt at night. When the babies are too big to be carried, but too young to fly, their mothers leave them in the roost, returning during the night to feed them.

Conservation Status

Little Forest Bats are vulnerable to loss of roost sites in tree hollows and loss of feeding grounds by forestry activities, clearing for agriculture and housing.

Classification

Species:
vulturnus
Genus:
Vespadelus
Family:
Vespertilionidae
Order:
Chiroptera
Subclass:
Eutheria
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Phylum:
Chordata
Kingdom:
Animalia

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