Gray-headed Flying Fox - Pteropus poliocephalus
Endemic to the eastern coast of Australia, Pteropus poliocephalus (Chiroptera - Pteropodidae), is one of the largest bats in Australia, with a recorded wingspan exceeding 1.5 m.
They do not echolocate, and therefore, the distinctive enlarged tragus or leaf-ornamentation found in most species of Microchiroptera is not present. Since they do not echolocate, they must rely on their large eyes for navigation and finding food. Despite popular belief, the flying fox has excellent vision and sense of smell.
This species is considered a pest of commercial fruit trees in parts of its range and animals are directly killed under license in orchards in New South Wales and Queensland. Threatened by loss of foraging and roosting habitat, Pteropus poliocephalus is listed as Vulnerable species on the IUCN Red List.
Photo credit: ©Ofer Levy | Locality: Parramatta Park, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia (2012)
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