Fast Facts

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

Introduction

The Northern Pipistrelle is one of Australia's smallest bats, weighing about 3 grams.

Habitat

Northern Pipistrelles probably roost in hollows in old trees.

Distribution

Feeding and diet

Northern Pipistrelles eat flying insects such as moths and small beetles. Forage above small creeks and tidal waterways in mangrove forests with a fluttering, acrobatic flight.

Breeding behaviours

Northern Pipistrelles are vulnerable to loss of roost sites in tree hollows and loss of feeding grounds by forestry activities, and clearing for agriculture.