Rhinolophus philippinensis Click to enlarge image
Greater Horseshoe Bat GBB-30898.tif Image: G B Baker
© Australian Museum

Fast Facts

  • Classification
    Species
    philippinensis
    Genus
    Rhinolophus
    Family
    Rhinolophidae
    Order
    Chiroptera
    Subclass
    Eutheria
    Subphylum
    Vertebrata
    Phylum
    Chordata
    Kingdom
    Animalia

Large-eared Horseshoe Bats emit their echolocation calls though their noses and appear to use their noseleaf to direct the calls. They fly like butterflies, hovering and darting quickly after their prey.

Habitat

Large-eared Horseshoe Bats roost in caves and old mines that are warm and humid. They don't roost together in large colonies, though they are found roosting with Eastern Horseshoe Bats. These bats hang from the cave ceiling rather than on the walls like other microbats.

Feeding and diet

Large-eared Horseshoe Bats eat moths and other insects. They fly close to the ground in thick forest and catch their prey on or close to the ground.

Conservation status

Large-eared Horseshoe 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.