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Grey-headed flying-fox (Pteropus poliocephalus)

The Grey-headed flying fox (GHFF) are classified as a vulnerable species under state and commonwealth legislation. GHFF is found throughout eastern Australia, generally within 200 kilometres of the coast, from Mackay in Queensland to Melbourne, Victoria across to South Australia and have been observed in Tasmania. GHFF requires foraging resources and camp sites within rainforests, open forests, closed and open woodlands (including melaleuca swamps and banksia woodlands). GHFF is also found throughout urban and agricultural areas where food trees exist and will raid orchards when other food is scarce.

Koolonbung Creek is a maternity site for GHFF. Mothers arrive to give birth and rear their babies. As this site is a maternity camp, it is likely that some individuals have a strong site fidelity, returning year after year as part of seasonal migrations.

GHFF in Australia are regarded as one population that moves around freely within its entire national range.

  • GHFF may travel up to 100 kilometres in a single night
  • GHFF may travel 500 kilometres over 48 hours when moving camp
  • GHFF move south in spring and summer.
  • GHFF inhabit coastal forests of north-east NSW and south-east Queensland in winter 

This page was last updated on: 22 July 2019