Animal Species:Little Northern Freetail Bat

The Little Northern Freetail Bat is also known as the Little Northern Mastiff Bat. The name mastiff bat refers to the dog-like jowls of this group of bats.

Little Northern Freetail Bat

GB Baker © Australian Museum

Standard Common Name

Little Northern Freetail Bat

Alternative Name/s

Little Northern Mastiff Bat

Habitat

Little Northern Freetail Bats usually roost in hollow trees and under loose bark. They also roost in the cracks of poles and in buildings. Many hundreds of them may roost together in a colony.

Feeding and Diet

Little Northern Freetail Bats eat insects that fly above the tree canopy and over areas of water. This is because they fly quickly and are not good at twisting and turning between trees when chasing their prey. They eat their prey as they fly.

Conservation Status

Little Northern Freetail Bats are vulnerable to loss of tree hollows and loss of feeding grounds by land degradation and agricultural activities.

Classification

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

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