Fast Facts

  • Classification
    Species
    jobensis
    Genus
    Chaerephon
    Family
    Molossidae
    Order
    Chiroptera
    Class
    Mammalia
    Phylum
    Chordata
    Kingdom
    Animalia

Introduction

Northern Freetail or Mastiff Bats are found only in the tropics. Little is known about their lifestyle.

Habitat

Northern Freetail Bats usually roost in hollows in old trees, also caves and buildings. They roost together in large colonies.

Distribution

Feeding and diet

Insects. They fly fast and straight through open forests rather than thick forests hunting for prey.

Conversation status

Northern Freetail Bats are vulnerable to destruction of roost sites in caves by mining, tree hollows by clearing for agriculture, disturbance by human visitors to cave roosts and changes to feeding areas by agricultural activities.