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The Indian flying fox (Pteropus giganteus), also known as the greater Indian fruit bat, is a species of flying fox in the Pteropodidae family. It is nocturnal and feeds mainly on ripe fruits, such as mangoes and bananas, and nectar.

 

The Indian flying fox lives in rain forests and swamps, where a large body of water is nearby. It is found in Bangladesh, China, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.

 

The Indian flying fox is frugivorous or nectarivorous, i.e., they eat fruits or lick nectar from flowers. At dusk, these bats forage for ripe fruit. While ingesting fruit, these bats expel waste that pollinates and disperse seeds.

Réalisée le 20 novembre 2014 au Tissa Tank, près de Udawalawe, Sri Lanka.

 

Made on November, 20th / 2014 at the Tissa Tank, near Udawalawe, Sri Lanka.

Pteropus poliocephalus

   

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The Indian flying fox (Pteropus giganteus), also known as the greater Indian fruit bat, is a species of flying fox in the Pteropodidae family. It is nocturnal and feeds mainly on ripe fruits, such as mangoes and bananas, and nectar.

 

The Indian flying fox lives in rain forests and swamps, where a large body of water is nearby. It is found in Bangladesh, China, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.

 

The Indian flying fox is frugivorous or nectarivorous, i.e., they eat fruits or lick nectar from flowers. At dusk, these bats forage for ripe fruit. While ingesting fruit, these bats expel waste that pollinates and disperse seeds.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indian_flying_fox

  

The Indian flying fox (Pteropus giganteus), also known as the greater Indian fruit bat, is a species of flying fox in the Pteropodidae family. It is nocturnal and feeds mainly on ripe fruits, such as mangoes and bananas, and nectar.

  

Habitat

  

The Indian flying fox lives in rain forests and swamps, where a large body of water is nearby.[2] It is found in Bangladesh, China, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.

  

Culture

  

Known as මා වවුලා (maa wawula) in Sinhala.

  

Feeding

  

The Indian flying fox is frugivorous or nectarivorous, i.e., they eat fruits or lick nectar from flowers. At dusk, these bats forage for ripe fruit. While ingesting fruit, these bats expel waste that pollinates and disperse seeds.

  

Reproduction

  

Mating System: P. giganteus is a polygynandrous species, and breeds yearly from July to October. Births occur from February to May. Gestation period is typically 140 to 150 days. The average birth number is 1 to 2 pups. Among members of the genus Pteropus, pups are carried by the mother for the first few weeks of life, with weaning occurring around 5 months of age. Males do not participate in parental care. Young bats learn to fly at approximately 11 weeks of age. Reproductive maturity occurs at 1.5 years. [3]

  

Natural reservoirs of disease

  

Like other fruit bats, the Indian flying fox may be a natural reservoir for a number of diseases including members of the groups Henipavirus and Coronavirus. These can prove fatal to humans and domestic animals.[4][5] Fruit bats are considered a delicacy by South Pacific Islanders as well as in Micronesia where, on the island of Guam, consumption has been suggested as a possible cause of Lytico-Bodig disease.

 

Also known as the greater Indian fruit bat.

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The Flying fox or Fruit Bat is a bat in the genus Pteropus, belonging to the Megachiroptera sub-order, the largest bats in the world. There are many sub-species in this genus.They live in the tropics and subtropics of Asia and a number of remote oceanic islands in the Indian and Pacific Oceans.

 

The genus Pteropus goes back a long time. Fossils unearthed were dated 35 million years old. The notable difference in the fossil being the presence of a tail for stabilisation in early flight adaptation.

 

Pteropus do not possess echolocation. They do not have super-sonar like the microbats. However, they have well developed sense of smell and sight. Pteropus feed only on nectar, blossom, pollen and fruits. When it locates food, it often crash into the foliage and grabs for it. Feeding ranges can reach up to 40 miles.

 

Many species are threatened with extinction today. All Pteropus are listed in Appendix II (threatened) of CITES. (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora). {Condensed from wikipedia}.

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Photographed through the wire mesh of a large cage at Lok Kawi Wildlife Park. (macro lens). Unfortunately, it was not possible to get a frontal shot.

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Fruit bat.

 

The Indian Flying-fox (Pteropus giganteus) is a species of megabat in the Pteropodidae family. It is found in Bangladesh, China, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. Also known as the Greater Indian Fruit Bat, it lives in mainly forests. It is a very large bat with a wing span of between 1.2 and 1.5 meters (4-5 feet). It is nocturnal and feeds mainly on ripe fruits such as mangoes and bananas and nectar. This bat is gregarious and lives in colonies which can number a few hundred. Their offspring has no specific name besides 'young'. They reproduce sexually and give live birth. They have one to two young. The Indian Flying-Fox lives in tropical forests and swamps, where there is a large body of water nearby. - Wiki

I have never really been a fan of flying foxes but these guys have grown on me over the last year. We have been able to visit this colony a couple of times this year. These guys are the smallest flying fox in mainland Australia. They are also nomadic so you just never know if they will still be where you saw them last time.

 

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Little red flying fox. Pteropus scapulatus.

 

Pteropus vampyrus : Chonburi province,Thailand

I have never really been a fan of flying foxes but these guys have grown on me over the last year. We have been able to visit this colony a couple of times this year. These guys are the smallest flying fox in mainland Australia. They are also nomadic so you just never know if they will still be where you saw them last time.

 

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Little red flying fox. Pteropus scapulatus.

 

A huge number of these flying foxes moved into the Katherine Gorge campsite a few days before we got there. Prior to that, there were only a few Black Flying-foxes.

These bats were so numerous they were breaking branches off the trees with the sheer weight of their numbers (see photos below)

I have never really been a fan of flying foxes but these guys have grown on me over the last year. We have been able to visit this colony a couple of times this year. These guys are the smallest flying fox in mainland Australia. They are also nomadic so you just never know if they will still be where you saw them last time.

 

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Little red flying fox. Pteropus scapulatus.

 

Black Flying Fox - a rare sighting close-up in daytime. While attempting to photograph a Magpie-lark, below me, out of the corner of my eye, I noticed something black. Fully expecting it to be one of our regular crows, I was more than startled to see this Black Flying Fox. It struggled to get a hold on the bricks near me and then proceeded to crawl up the wall. After I stepped inside for a moment, it had disappeared when I returned. This is SOOC - straight out of the camera - with only the conversion from RAW to JPG in ACDSee PRO3.

 

Black flying-foxes are native to Australia (NSW, Qld, NT and WA), Papua New Guinea (Western Province) and Indonesia (Sulawesi, Sumba, Savu and Papua). The black flying-fox has short black hair with a contrasting reddish-brown mantel with a mean forearm length of 164 mm (6.46 in) and a mean weight of 710 grams (1.57 lb). It is one of the largest bat species in the world, and has a wing-span of more than one metre. Black flying-foxes eat pollen and nectar from native eucalyptus, Lilypillies, paperbark and turpentine trees. When native foods are scarce, particularly during drought, the bats may take introduced or commercial fruits such as mangos and apples. This species had been known to travel up to 50 km a night in search of food.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Flying_Fox

 

They are common visitors in our suburb at night as they like the fruit on palm trees (we have three bearing fruit).

I have never really been a fan of flying foxes but these guys have grown on me over the last year. We have been able to visit this colony a couple of times this year. These guys are the smallest flying fox in mainland Australia. They are also nomadic so you just never know if they will still be where you saw them last time.

 

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Little red flying fox. Pteropus scapulatus.

 

I have never really been a fan of flying foxes but these guys have grown on me over the last year. We have been able to visit this colony a couple of times this year. These guys are the smallest flying fox in mainland Australia. They are also nomadic so you just never know if they will still be where you saw them last time.

 

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Little red flying fox. Pteropus scapulatus.

 

A grey-headed flying fox (Pteropus poliocephalus) comes into land in the treetops in Sydney's Royal Botanic Gardens.

 

They are actually large fruit bats with an average wingspan of about 1m and can weigh around 1kg.

 

They congregate in trees in their hundreds (see first comment field). Despite some occasional grumblings about the damage they can cause to vegetation and the discovery that they can carry viruses potentially fatal to humans, they are now firmly a conservation target.

 

Frankly, I like 'em!

 

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Réalisée le 20 novembre 2014 au Tissa Tank, près de Udawalawe, Sri Lanka.

 

Made on November, 20th / 2014 at the Tissa Tank, near Udawalawe, Sri Lanka.

The Indian flying fox (Pteropus giganteus), also known as the greater Indian fruit bat, is a species of flying fox in the Pteropodidae family. It is nocturnal and feeds mainly on ripe fruits, such as mangoes and bananas, and nectar.

 

The Indian flying fox lives in rain forests and swamps, where a large body of water is nearby. It is found in Bangladesh, China, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.

 

The Indian flying fox is frugivorous or nectarivorous, i.e., they eat fruits or lick nectar from flowers. At dusk, these bats forage for ripe fruit. While ingesting fruit, these bats expel waste that pollinates and disperse seeds.

Yarra Bend Park, Melbourne, Australia

Another shot of a grey-headed flying fox (Pteropus poliocephalus) hanging upside down, as is their norm, and showing some alarming interest in me. For a moment I thought he was going to drop down to see what I was doing .... or even what I was.

 

As it was, he was just interested, it seemed. There is a more "cute" upside down image of another bat in the comment field.

Don't be spitting the dummy with me, ya flamin' fruit bat!

For us North Americans, these were huge in several respects. Besides being very large, it was totally amazing to see them in the wild.

Near daytime roost, Batchelor, Northern Territory, Australia

A very large colony of Spectacled flying foxes during the birthing period in late November. This is the first time i have seen them with so many ticks on them.

 

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Spectacled flying fox. Pteropus conspicillatus.

 

The Spectacled flying fox was listed as a threatened species in May 2002. They considerably damage smaller tree branches and after stripping a batch of trees, the colony will move 50-100m away to a new area.

It is restricted in Australia to the north-eastern wet regions of Queensland.

Little Red Flying Fox bat ~ Wingham Wildlife Park ~ Wingham ~ Kent ~ England ~ Friday January 2nd 2015.

 

 

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Little red flying fox bat ~ From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia ~ en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Little_red_flying_fox ~ The little red flying fox (Pteropus scapulatus) is a species of megabat native to northern and eastern Australia. With a weight of 280–530 grams (9.9–18.7 oz) it is the smallest flying fox in mainland Australia (the others being the black, spectacled and grey-headed flying foxes).

Behavior[edit]

It has the widest range of all the species, going much further inland than the larger fruit bats. Its diet primarily consists of nectar and pollen of eucalypt blossoms, the pollination of which it is largely responsible. The little red flying fox is nomadic, and can be found in large groups of up to a million individuals. This species gives birth six months later than the other mainland flying fox species, in April and May.

 

A National Geographic Channel special program ("World's Weirdest: Flying Foxes") documents that the little red flying fox will skim the surface of rivers, then lap the water from their fur; this can put them in danger from being seized by predators such as crocodiles.

 

Public perception ~ This species of flying fox hangs in a different way from other mainland species. The larger species tend to hang an arm's length apart; however, the little reds tend to clump together so they may hang in groups of 20 or more animals on an individual branch. So, these animals are associated with significant canopy and branch damage in camps where they reside. They also tend to appear in very large numbers (20,000 or more) and the 'footprint' of a camp can expand rapidly for the several weeks or months they remain at a site. Their large numbers and the damage they cause to a camp site mean they are not very popular animals.

 

Negative public perception of the species has intensified with the discovery of three recently emerged zoonotic viruses that are potentially fatal to humans: Hendra virus, Australian bat lyssavirus and Menangle virus.

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Black flying fox (I think) at the Woodend camp, Ipswich, Queensland.

(Pteropus alecto)

The black flying fox was first described by Temminck in 1837 from a specimen from Menado, Indonesia. In 1867, Peters described a black flying fox from Rockhampton. The south-eastern limit of black flying-foxes has been moving southwards for at least 60 years. In 1930, the southern limit was Rockhampton and in 1960 it was the Tweed River, northern NSW. By 2002 they could be found further south than Port Macquarie.

 

The black flying fox is the largest of the four mainland species in terms of body size in Australia.

Description: Jet black fur but some variation does occur. Chocolate-brown patch of fur is often seen on the back of its neck and shoulders. Brownish fur around eyes and on face. Some have frosting of greyish tips all over their body, particularly on the belly. The lower leg is unfurred. Wingspan about 1m. Average weight of 500–1000g. Head–body length 230–280mm.

Habitat: Wide range of habitats of tropical and subtropical forests and woodlands.

Life history: Black flying-foxes can live up to 20 years in the wild.

Breeding: In southern Queensland adults mate in March and April, females become pregnant before dispersing for the winter months. Congregate into camps from early to late summer where the young are born and raised. Young are carried by the female until about 4 weeks of age and then left at the roost while the mother forages at night. Young begin to fly at 8 weeks of age but depend on their mothers for at least 3 months.

Food: Fly out at dusk to feed on blossoms and fruits. Prefer blossom of eucalypts, paperbarks and turpentines, as well as a variety of other native and introduced blossom and fruits. Have been seen to eat the leaves of trees by chewing the leaves into a bolus, swallowing the liquid and then spitting out the fibre.

Behaviour: During the day, black flying-foxes roost on tree branches in camps and fly out at dusk to feed. Main camps form in summer and may contain tens to hundreds of thousands of individuals, depending on local food availability. Can hold and manipulate food with clawed thumbs. They will wrap their wings around themselves if cold or wet.

Home range: Groups will travel up to 50km from their camps to foraging areas and will use the same camp for many years.

Distribution: Black flying-foxes are found around the northern coast of Australia and inland wherever permanent water is found in rivers.

(Source: www.wildlife.org.au)

I have never really been a fan of flying foxes but these guys have grown on me over the last year. We have been able to visit this colony a couple of times this year. These guys are the smallest flying fox in mainland Australia. They are also nomadic so you just never know if they will still be where you saw them last time.

 

If you like my Photos, Please like and share my Page.. :)

 

Little red flying fox. Pteropus scapulatus.

 

The Indian Flying-fox (Pteropus giganteus) is a species of bat in the Pteropodidae family and are not related to Foxes in anyway

A very large colony of Spectacled flying foxes during the birthing period in late November. This is the first time i have seen them with so many ticks on them.

 

If you like my Photos, Please like and share my Page. :)

 

Spectacled flying fox. Pteropus conspicillatus.

 

The Spectacled flying fox was listed as a threatened species in May 2002. They considerably damage smaller tree branches and after stripping a batch of trees, the colony will move 50-100m away to a new area.

It is restricted in Australia to the north-eastern wet regions of Queensland.

 

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indian_flying_fox

  

The Indian flying fox (Pteropus giganteus), also known as the greater Indian fruit bat, is a species of flying fox in the Pteropodidae family. It is nocturnal and feeds mainly on ripe fruits, such as mangoes and bananas, and nectar.

  

Habitat

  

The Indian flying fox lives in rain forests and swamps, where a large body of water is nearby.[2] It is found in Bangladesh, China, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.

  

Culture

  

Known as මා වවුලා (maa wawula) in Sinhala.

  

Feeding

  

The Indian flying fox is frugivorous or nectarivorous, i.e., they eat fruits or lick nectar from flowers. At dusk, these bats forage for ripe fruit. While ingesting fruit, these bats expel waste that pollinates and disperse seeds.

  

Reproduction

  

Mating System: P. giganteus is a polygynandrous species, and breeds yearly from July to October. Births occur from February to May. Gestation period is typically 140 to 150 days. The average birth number is 1 to 2 pups. Among members of the genus Pteropus, pups are carried by the mother for the first few weeks of life, with weaning occurring around 5 months of age. Males do not participate in parental care. Young bats learn to fly at approximately 11 weeks of age. Reproductive maturity occurs at 1.5 years. [3]

  

Natural reservoirs of disease

  

Like other fruit bats, the Indian flying fox may be a natural reservoir for a number of diseases including members of the groups Henipavirus and Coronavirus. These can prove fatal to humans and domestic animals.[4][5] Fruit bats are considered a delicacy by South Pacific Islanders as well as in Micronesia where, on the island of Guam, consumption has been suggested as a possible cause of Lytico-Bodig disease.[

 

Flying fox, Seychelles fruit bat, Pteropus Seychellensis via 500px ift.tt/1gr42e4

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