Livingstone’s Flying Fox

Livingstone's Flying Fox

Livingstone’s flying foxes are social and form groups of 15-250, called harems or colonies, in which they roost and forage.

Livingstone’s flying foxes form small groups, called harems or colonies, in which they roost and forage. Groups of bats are also called cauldrons or clouds.

Colony size typically ranges from 15 to 150 individuals. The largest known roosts have sometimes reached about 250 individuals during the rainy season, but not all of these are mature individuals.

In general, members of the genus Pteropus form maternity colonies where females and their young gather. Females forage at night and return to their young in the maternity roost to nurse them.


Image | © Aardwolf6886, Some Rights Reserved (CC BY-ND 2.0)
Sources | (Dewey & Long, 2007; Gould, Woolf, & Turner, 1973; Hutchins, Kleiman, & Geist, 2003; Sewall, Young, Trewhella, Rodríguez-Clark, & Granek, 2016; Sewall, et al., 2007, 2011)

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