Animal Species:Northern Leaf-nosed Bat

Northern Leaf-nosed Bats fly slowly with a flutter, like a butterfly, but can change direction quickly as they hunt their prey.

Northern Leaf-nosed Bat

GB Baker © Australian Museum

Standard Common Name

Northern Leaf-nosed Bat

Habitat

Northern Leaf-nosed Bats roost in caves and cracks in sandstone cliffs and in old mines. It is not known whether they roost together in colonies.

Feeding and Diet

Northern Leaf-nosed Bats eat moths, mosquitoes and flies. They fly slowly with a flutter, like a butterfly but can change direction quickly as they hunt their prey.

Conservation Status

Northern Leaf-nosed Bats are vulnerable to disturbance from human visitors to cave roosts, destruction of caves by mining, and loss of feeding habitat by clearing and land degradation from agriculture.

Classification

Species:
stenotis
Genus:
Hipposideros
Family:
Hipposideridae
Order:
Chiroptera
Subclass:
Eutheria
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Phylum:
Chordata
Kingdom:
Animalia

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