Little red flying-fox

Pteropus scapulatus

The Little red flying-fox is found in northern and eastern Australia including Queensland, Northern Territory, Western Australia, New South Wales and Victoria. It is usually found in rainforest and sclerophyll forests and extending inland to semi-arid areas. They prefer to roost nearer to the ground than other flying-fox species. It is nomadic and feed mainly on the pollen of Eucalyptus trees. They follow the trees’ flowering over great distances and farther into the Australian interior than any other bat species.

Little red flying-foxes are quite different from Australia’s other flying-fox species. They breed at different times of year, usually in April to May, and they roost closer together than other flying-foxes. A camp of red flying-foxes can number more than one hundred thousand bats.

Like all of Australia’s  native wildlife, flying foxes have been hard hit by the devastating bushfires that destroyed 5.8 billion hectares of habitat and food supplies in 2020.

As we know, flying foxes are vital as pollinators of our forests; many native hardwoods only release their pollen at night and depend upon these nocturnal pollinators. Flying foxes are also seed dispersers, dropping seeds across vast areas. These bats have a vital role to help the forest recovery.