FULVOUS FRUIT BAT/Behaviour, Distribution, Habitat, Size, Weight, IUCN stetus


DESCRIPTION: A robust fruit bat with well-developed hind legs, it has fine, fulvous brown fur on the back and a grey belly. Older bats have grey flanks and males have longer yellowish throat hair. The face is robust and the flared nostrils are separated by a groove. The ears are long and simple. It has a short tail. Their eyes reflect orange in torchlight.

BEHAVIOUR: Very noisy and smelling of fermented fruit, they roost in mixed colonies although juveniles roost singly. They can be easily disturbed and fly out en masse.

DISTRIBUTION: Throughout India except deserts and high mountains.

HABITAT: It inhabits caves, tunnels, disused buildings and, rarely, trees.

size: 11.1–14.7 cm

IUCN status: Least Concern


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