ting ting ting White Striped Free-tailed Bat

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White Striped Free-tail Bats fly above the tree canopy at night catching insects. They are very fast and agile and so feed in the air but will sometimes come down to the ground to look for ground insects. They are mainly solitary but can roost together in groups up to ten. They like to roost in tree hollows, under lose bark, in dead stumps and the ceilings of buildings.

As bats are active at night in the treetops, they are heard rather than seen. They are ‘partial migrants’. This means that some individual bats migrate but some don’t and live on the Island all year round.

Where you can find a White Striped Free-tailed Bat

Conservation Status

Not listed under IUCN (2016). All Rottnest Island’s fauna is protected under the Rottnest Island Authority Act 1987.
  • Extinct
  • Extinct in Wild
  • Critically Endangered
  • Endangered
  • Vulnerable
  • Near Threatened
  • Least Concerned

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