BLYTH’S OR BLACK-EARED FLYING FOX/Behaviour, Distribution, Habitat, Size, Weight, IUCN stetus

DESCRIPTION: The Blyth's Flying Fox is a medium-sized island bat with variable fur that ranges from dark brown – almost black in the Andaman Islands – to a golden tawny mantle, and pale brown venter and head in the Nicobars. The backs of both forms are sprinkled with grey hairs. Males tend to be more orange —buff than females, which are darker.

BEHAVIOUR: It is not easily disturbed when at roost.

DISTRIBUTION: Great Nicobar, Camorta, Katchal, Tilangchong, South Andaman, Little Andaman and North Andaman islands.

HABITAT: It prefers roosting in mangroves and riverbank vegetation, or near the coast.

size: 17-40 cm

IUCN Status: Vulnerable

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