Fast Facts

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

Western False Pipistrelles live mainly in wet sclerophyll forests of Karri, Jarrah and Tuart eucalypts. They are fast, direct, high fliers which have been caught in the forest 8 metres above the ground.

Habitat

Western False Pipistrelles roost in hollows in old trees, branches and stumps, in colonies of 5 to 30 bats.

Feeding and diet

Western False Pipistrelles eat flying-insects caught in the spaces between canopy and understorey of tall forest trees.

Conservation status

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