Fast Facts

  • Classification
    Species
    nigrogriseus
    Genus
    Chalinolobus
    Family
    Vespertilionidae
    Order
    Chiroptera
    Subclass
    Eutheria
    Subphylum
    Vertebrata
    Phylum
    Chordata
    Kingdom
    Animalia

Introduction

Hoary Wattled Bats get their name from their fur which has long, white-tipped hairs that give it a frosted, 'hoary' look. These bats were not recognised as a separate species until the 1960s.

Habitat

Hoary Wattled Bats roost in tree hollows and rock fissures.

Distribution

Feeding and diet

Hoary Wattled Bats feed on insects including flies, moths, crickets, cicadas, and ants and spiders. They catch some prey in flight but can also land and crawl quickly after non-flying prey.

Conversation status

Hoary Wattled Bats are vulnerable to loss of roost sites in tree hollows and loss of feeding grounds by forestry activities, clearing for agriculture and housing.