Mormopterus norfolkensis Click to enlarge image
East Coast Freetail Bat Image: G B Baker
© Australian Museum

Fast Facts

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

Eastern Freetail or Mastiff Bats live in a wide range of habitats from tall open forest to open woodland and dry sclerophyll forest.

Habitat

Eastern Freetail Bats roost in tree hollows and spouts.

Feeding and diet

In Victoria, Eastern Freetail Bats eat bugs, ants and beetles.

Conservation status

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