Animal Species:White-striped Freetail Bat

The White-striped Freetail Bat is the largest of all the free-tail bats and is one of the few microbats with echolocation calls that can be heard by humans. They are known as freetail bats because part of their bony tail extends beyond the tail membrane.

Standard Common Name

White-striped Freetail Bat

Habitat

White-striped Freetail Bats roost in hollows in old trees and under loose bark, in dead stumps and the ceilings of buildings. Up to several hundred bats live together in a colony.

Feeding and Diet

White-striped Freetail Bats feed on flying insects above the tree canopy. They fly quickly and eat their prey as they fly.

Conservation Status

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

Classification

Species:
australis
Genus:
Tadarida
Family:
Molossidae
Order:
Chiroptera
Subclass:
Eutheria
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Phylum:
Chordata
Kingdom:
Animalia

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