Friday, 29 April 2011

The Indian Flying-fox

Fruit Bat
The Indian Flying-fox (Pteropus giganteus) is also called as the Greater Indian Fruit Bat. This species roosts in large colonies of hundreds to thousands of individuals on large trees in rural and urban areas, close to agricultural fields, ponds and by the side of roads
Fruit Bat
It feeds on a wide variety of fruits and flowers, both wild and cultivated. It travels long distances, up to 150 km to and from its roost, a night in search of fleshy berries.
Fruit Bat
It is nocturnal like most other bats. They reproduce sexually and give live birth. They have one to two young. The Indian Flying-Fox lives in tropical forests and swamps, where there is a large body of water nearby.
This is one of the most persecuted fruit bats in South Asia.
Reference: Wikipedia, IUCNredlist