Mormopterus loriae Click to enlarge image
Little Northern Freetail Bats usually roost in hollow trees and under loose bark. They also roost in the cracks of poles and in buildings. Many hundreds of them may roost together in a colony. Image: G B Baker
© Australian Museum

Fast Facts

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

The Little Northern Freetail Bat is also known as the Little Northern Mastiff Bat. The name mastiff bat refers to the dog-like jowls of this group of bats.

Habitat

Little Northern Freetail Bats usually roost in hollow trees and under loose bark. They also roost in the cracks of poles and in buildings. Many hundreds of them may roost together in a colony.

Distribution



Feeding and diet

Little Northern Freetail Bats eat insects that fly above the tree canopy and over areas of water. This is because they fly quickly and are not good at twisting and turning between trees when chasing their prey. They eat their prey as they fly.

Conservation status

Little Northern Freetail Bats are vulnerable to loss of tree hollows and loss of feeding grounds by land degradation and agricultural activities.