About flying foxes

Are the flying foxes in Queensland different to those in NSW or other states?

The only difference is the species, the grey-headed flying-fox is found in SE Qld, NSW, VIC, and Adelaide and is endemic to Australia. The Black flying-fox is found throughout the east coast of Qld, NSW, Northern territory and some Islands.  The Little red flying-fox is nomadic and at certain times of the year can be found throughout the east coast of Qld, Northern territory and NSW. Depending on the availability of blossom The Spectacled flying-fox is only found in Northern Qld.

In which countries do flying foxes live?

The countries flying-foxes are found are; India, Pakistan ,Nepal, Burma, South-east Asia, New Guinea Philippines, Indonesia, Africa, Islands of the Indian ocean and Western Pacific ocean.

What is the difference between a flying fox and bat?

There is no difference, a flying-fox is a bat it is the largest member of the bat family the micro bat is the smallest.

Flying fox emergency

What if I find an injured flying fox?


With any wild animal trapped and frightened there is a risk of being bitten or scratched. If possible, place a light towel over the animal to calm it down, then call your local wildlife organisation.

If you are in the Noosa Shire, see our emergency numbers on the home page of this website. Stay with the animal until help arrives.

Flying fox injuries

Why is netting of fruit trees bad for bats?

We understand farmers and home gardener want to protect their fruit trees from flying foxes.

But inappropriate netting of fruit trees such as netting draped loosely over fruit trees, results in death of wing tissue, broken bones such as arm and leg bones as the animal tries to free its self.

Do not use thin nylon black or white monofilament netting sold by most hardware stores.

It is the deadliest, cruelest netting available and is responsible for hundreds of deaths of flying-foxes and other wildlife annually.

Use white knitted netting with a mesh size 40mm or smaller or 30% block out shade cloth may also be used as a temporary and inexpensive method.

What are the most common injuries incurred?

Most bats are caught on barbed wire by their wings, resulting in tearing, puncturing and severe bruising.

The wing is often badly twisted as the bat is spun around on impact, as well as struggling to free itself.

Bones can be broken or stripped bare, the body may be entangled by the hair and skin resulting in puncture wounds of varying severity.

Flying foxes can also be killed by power lines.

If you see a baby bat or dead bat on power lines from September to February please report it. The dead bat may have a live baby attached.

If you come across an injured flying fox at any time, place a light towel over it to calm it and call your local rescue group. Do not under any circumstances attempt to handle the bat yourself.

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