Scotorepens sanborni Click to enlarge image
Bat, Northern Braod-nosed Head shot RAW-30890.tif Image: R & A Williams
© Australian Museum

Fast Facts

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

Introduction

Female Northern Broad-nosed Bats are larger than the males.

Habitat

Northern Broad-nosed Bats roost in hollows in old trees and occasionally in small gaps in houses, sheds and other buildings. They roost together in small colonies, though when roosting in houses the colonies can be large and smelly.

Distribution



Feeding and diet

Small flying insects such as midges, mosquitoes and mayflies. They fly quickly, diving and twisting as they chase and catch their prey in flight.

Conservation status

Northern Broad-nosed Bats are vulnerable to loss of roost sites in tree hollows and loss of feeding grounds by forestry activities, clearing for agriculture and housing.