Animal Species:Common Blossom Bat
Fawn to reddish-brown, large eyes, long narrow face and a long thin ‘brush-like’ tongue.
Standard Common Name
Common Blossom Bat
Eastern Blossom Bat, Southern Blossom Bat
A small nectar feeding bat. It is fawn to reddish-brown in colour above with a paler belly. It has a long narrow face, large eyes and a very long thin tongue, with a brush-like tip.
Up to 6 cm.
Eastern and north-eastern Australia.
Rainforests, wet eucalypt forests and paperbark swamps.
Feeding and Diet
Its diet is highly specialised, consisting of nectar and pollen from bottlebrush, paperbark, banksia and gum tree blossoms. It usually lands on flowers to feed, but will often hover in front of them to collect the nectar and pollen. It is an important pollinator of many rainforest plants.
Mating and reproduction
Roosts individually in dense foliage up in the sub-canopy. One young is born in early spring, followed by another in late summer to early autumn.
Danger to humans and first aid
Normally harmless, but it is best to avoid handling any bat because they may carry the potentially fatal Australian Bat Lissavirus (ABLV), which is transmitted through scratches or bites.
Louise Carter , Technical Officer