Nature conservation

Threatened species

Northern Free-tailed Bat - profile

Indicative distribution

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The areas shown in pink and/purple are the sub-regions where the species or community is known or predicted to occur. They may not occur thoughout the sub-region but may be restricted to certain areas. ( click here to see geographic restrictions). The information presented in this map is only indicative and may contain errors and omissions.
Scientific name: Ozimops lumsdenae
Conservation status in NSW: Vulnerable
Commonwealth status: Not listed
Gazetted date: 10 Jun 2016
Profile last updated: 24 Mar 2020


As with all freetail-bats the Beccari’s Freetail-bat has a thick, wrinkled upper lip and grooved cheeks, giving the head a mastiff-like appearance, with the end of the tail projecting well past the tail membrane. Its build is muscular with triangular-shaped ears and thick, elastic wing membranes. It is usually a fast, high flyer, although it descends low over water, and can scurry over tree trunks and on the ground.


Widely distributed across northern Australia from Western Australia to Queensland, extending south to the north-east corner of NSW. The only confirmed record in NSW is of a colony found in the roof of a house in Murwillumbah, however, calls have been detected from a few other locations in the far north east of the State.

Habitat and ecology

  • A range of vegetation types in northern Australia, from rainforests to open forests and woodlands, and are often recorded along watercourses.
  • They can also occur in towns and cities.
  • Roost mainly in tree hollows but relatively large colonies have been found under house roofs in urban areas in Queensland.

Regional distribution and habitat

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Information sources

IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
Darling Riverine PlainsCastlereagh-Barwon Known None
NandewarNandewar Northern Complex Known None
New England TablelandsSevern River Volcanics Known None
NSW North CoastYuraygir Predicted None
Other StateQLD Known None
South Eastern QueenslandBurringbar-Conondale Ranges Known None
South Eastern QueenslandClarence Lowlands Known None
South Eastern QueenslandClarence Sandstones Known None
South Eastern QueenslandScenic Rim Known None
South Eastern QueenslandSunshine Coast-Gold Coast Lowlands Known None