White-striped Freetail bat, Austronomus australis Click to enlarge image
White-striped Freetail bat, Austronomus australis Image: Michael Pennay
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Fast Facts

  • Classification
    Species
    australis
    Genus
    Tadarida
    Family
    Molossidae
    Order
    Chiroptera
    Subclass
    Eutheria
    Subphylum
    Vertebrata
    Phylum
    Chordata
    Kingdom
    Animalia

Introduction

The White-striped Freetail Bat is the largest of all the free-tail bats and is one of the few microbats with echolocation calls that can be heard by humans. They are known as freetail bats because part of their bony tail extends beyond the tail membrane.

Habitat

White-striped Freetail Bats roost in hollows in old trees and under loose bark, in dead stumps and the ceilings of buildings. Up to several hundred bats live together in a colony.

Distribution



Feeding and diet

White-striped Freetail Bats feed on flying insects above the tree canopy. They fly quickly and eat their prey as they fly.

Conservation status

White-striped Freetail Bats are vulnerable to loss of tree hollows and loss of feeding grounds by forestry activities, clearing for agriculture and housing.