Taphozous georgianus Click to enlarge image
HJB-36913.tif Image: Hans & Judy Beste
© Australian Museum

Fast Facts

  • Classification
    Species
    georgianus
    Genus
    Taphozous
    Family
    Emballonuridae
    Order
    Chiroptera
    Subclass
    Eutheria
    Subphylum
    Vertebrata
    Phylum
    Chordata
    Kingdom
    Animalia

Common Sheathtail Bats often rest on rocks during the night's feeding, next to cracks they will squeeze into if disturbed.

Habitat

Common Sheathtail Bats roost in caves, old mines and cracks in rocks. They sometimes roost together in small groups but usually hang more than 50 centimetres away from each other.

Feeding and diet

Common Sheathtail Bats feed mainly on beetles but also other insects. They hunt alone, flying slowly in a straight line while following a grid pattern over the feeding ground. They feed over bushes and water catching and eating insects while flying.

Conservation status

Common Sheathtail 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.