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Black Flying-fox - 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: Pteropus alecto
Conservation status in NSW: Not listed
Commonwealth status: Not listed
Profile last updated: 08 Oct 2020


This species was removed from the Schedules of the Threatened Species Act in August 2008 and is no longer listed as threatened in NSW. The Black Flying-fox is almost completely black in colour, relieved only by an incomplete rusty-red collar and a light frosting of silvery grey on the belly. It can be distinguished from the Grey-headed Flying-fox by its greater size, darker colour and bare legs.


Coastal and near-coastal areas across northern Australia through eastern Queensland to the Bellinger River in northern NSW. Relatively uncommon in NSW although it appears to be increasing in numbers, extending its range to the south.

Habitat and ecology

  • Large communal day-time camps in remnants of coastal subtropical rainforest or swamp forest, often with Grey-headed Flying-foxes.
  • Bats fly out at dusk to feed on rainforest fruits as well as nectar and pollen from flowering eucalypts, paperbarks and banksias.
  • When native foods are scarce, particularly during drought, they take fruit from orchards.

Regional distribution and habitat

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Information sources

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