Fast Facts

  • Classification
    Species
    norfolkensis
    Genus
    Mormopterus
    Family
    Molossidae
    Order
    Chiroptera
    Subclass
    Eutheria
    Subphylum
    Vertebrata
    Phylum
    Chordata
    Kingdom
    Animalia

Introduction

East Coast Freetail or Mastiff Bats used to be called Norfolk Island Mastiff ats, but in fact they have never been found on that island.

Habitat

East Coast Freetail Bats roost in hollows or under the loose bark of trees in open forests. They roost together in small colonies.

Distribution

Feeding and diet

East Coast Freetail Bats eat flying insects. They fly quickly over the tops of trees in forests or along the edges of forests to hunt their prey.

Conversation status

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