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Black flying-fox (Pteropus alecto)

The black flying-fox (BFF) occurrs throughout coastal areas from Shark Bay in Western Australia, across Northern Australia, down through Queensland and into NSW.

BFF forage on the fruit and blossoms of native and introduced plants including orchard species at times. BFF are largely nomadic animals with movement and local distribution influenced by climatic variability and the flowering and fruiting patterns of their preferred food plants. Feeding commonly occurs within 20 km of the camp site. BFF usually roost beside a creek or river in a wide range of warm and moist habitats, including lowland rainforest gullies, coastal stringybark forests and mangroves. During the breeding season camp sizes can change significantly in response to the availability of food and the arrival of animals from other areas.

This page was last updated on: 22 July 2019