Little Red Fruit-bat

Pteropus scapulatus

HB 120–200mm; FA 116–140mm

What does it look like? Fur pale brown to rich reddish-brown, often becoming more greyish on head, and occasionally with yellowish patch on neck and shoulders. Exposed skin reddish-brown, and wings largely transparent in flight.

Where is it found? Broad coastal and inland band (including several islands) from central Vic, through NSW, Qld, NT and Kimberley region WA, becoming more coastal in western WA.

What are its habitats & habits? Lives in various habitats, from semi-arid woodland to wet forests and paperbark swamps. Feeds at night mainly on nectar and pollen, supplemented with fruits, sap and some insects. Roosts by day in large camps, often of several hundred thousand individuals.

Interesting fact: Generally nomadic, in response to food availability, and readily roosts with other fruit-bat species.