Animal Species:Yellow-bellied Sheathtail Bat

Yellow-bellied Sheathtail Bats usually eat their prey as they are flying.

Yellow-bellied Sheathtail Bat

H&J Beste © Australian Museum

Standard Common Name

Yellow-bellied Sheathtail Bat

Habitat

Yellow-bellied Sheathtail Bats roost in hollows in old trees, and sometimes in the abandoned nests of sugar gliders. They usually form small colonies of up to 30.

Seasonality

Yellow-bellied Sheathtail Bats seem to migrate in winter from cooler areas in southern Australia to warmer northern areas.

Feeding and Diet

Yellow-bellied Sheathtail Bats feed on flying insects, including beetles. They fly quickly but are not good at twisting and turning when chasing their prey. However they also feed on insects living in open forests and open grasslands.They usually eat their prey as they are flying.

Conservation Status

Yellow-bellied Sheathtail Bats are vulnerable to loss of tree hollows and loss of feeding grounds by forestry activities, clearing for agriculture and housing

Classification

Species:
flaviventris
Genus:
Saccolaimus
Family:
Emballonuridae
Order:
Chiroptera
Subclass:
Eutheria
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Phylum:
Chordata
Kingdom:
Animalia

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