Grey-headed Fruit-bat

Pteropus poliocephalus

HB 220–280mm; FA 152–177mm

What does it look like? Fur greyish-black on back, paler grey on face and belly, generally heavily flecked or dusted with silverish-grey, and with some reddish-brown on belly. Full collar of reddish-brown fur.

Where is it found? Coast, ranges and slopes of southern and eastern Australia, from around Mackay Qld, through NSW and Vic, to south-eastern SA and islands in Bass Strait. Scattered records further inland.

What are its habitats & habits? Roosts in large colonies of up to several thousand individuals in dense vegetation, favouring wetter areas and gullies. Nocturnal, foraging over wide area of native forests, gardens and orchards, for fruits, nectar, pollen and occasionally leaves.

Interesting fact: Some roost sites have been used for more than 100 years.