Black Fruit-bat

Pteropus alecto

HB 185–280mm; FA 153–191mm

What does it look like? Predominantly black, occasionally with white flecks on belly fur, and often with reddish-brown fur on rear of neck. Eyes reddish, with faint reddish-brown eye-rings visible in some individuals.

Where is it found? Northern Australia (including offshore islands), from around Carnarvon, WA, through northern NT, northern and eastern Qld, to around Sydney NSW.

What are its habitats & habits? Occurs in variety of wooded habitats, including rainforests, open forests, paperbark woodland, mangroves and bamboo thickets. Feeds at night on eucalypt blossoms, fleshy fruits, and occasionally leaves and tree sap.

Interesting fact: Often roosts in company of other fruit-bat species.