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Ghost Bat

ghost bat

The Ghost bat is the only Australian member of a small family that is otherwise widespread in Africa and Asia. The Ghost bats are carnivorous, they prey on other bats and small creatures such as mice, frogs, large insects, small birds and lizards. When they have caught their food they carry it to a favoured feeding perch in a tree or a small cave.

They hunt alone but gather in groups of up to several hundred to roost in caves, mine shafts and similar places during the day. They grow to around 13cm in total length with pale fur and large eyes and ears. Around the time of European settlement, the ghost bat appears to have occurred across most of the northern half of Australia, including the interior, but there seems to have been a steady decline ever since and it remains common only in the Northern Territory. Ghost bats are mammals like other bats... more



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