Image: Common Blossom-bats Illustration

Common Blossom-bats Illustration

Common Blossom-bats are small bats that roost in leafy trees in north-eastern Australia. They are 6 cm long with soft red fur covering their body.

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Andrew Howells
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© Australian Museum

Notes

Common Blossom-bats are small bats that roost in leafy trees in north-eastern Australia. They are 6 cm long with soft red fur covering their body.

Common Blossom-bats fly around at night using their large eyes and sense of smell to search for nectar, fruit and seeds. They land on blossoms and use their pointed snout and brush-tipped tongue to lap up nectar.

Females give birth to one live young in October or November and another between February and April each year. The young bats are born helpless but with some hair. The young bats feed on milk from nipples located under their mother's armpits. When they are three months old they are able to look for food themselves.

Common Blossom-bats are important pollinators of many flowers. They carry pollen from one blossom to the next when it sticks to their fur during feeding.

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