Macroglossus minimus Click to enlarge image
Northern Blossom Bat Image: R & A Williams
© Australian Museum

Fast Facts

  • Classification
    Species
    minimus
    Genus
    Macroglossus
    Family
    Pteropodidae
    Order
    Chiroptera
    Subclass
    Eutheria
    Subphylum
    Vertebrata
    Phylum
    Chordata
    Kingdom
    Animalia

Introduction

Northern Blossom Bats are important pollinators of many native Australian plants. In northeastern Queensland they also appear to pollinate commercially grown durian tees.

Habitat

Northern Blossom Bats hang in palms, bamboos, mangroves, and trees in monsoon forests and rainforests. They roost alone or in small groups under loose bark, within hollows or among leafy crowns and leaf bases.

Feeding and diet

Northern Blossom Bats feed mainly on nectar and pollen from the flowers of eucalypts, paperbarks, bottlebrushes, lilli pillies and mangrove trees. In northeastern Queensland they also eat fruit and possibly leaves.

Conservation status

Northern Blossom Bats are vulnerable to loss of feeding areas from clearing of native vegetation and land degradation from agriculture.