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Giant Golden-Crowned Flying Fox

Acerodon jubatus


The giant golden-crowned flying fox (Acerodon jubatus), also known as the golden-capped fruit bat, is a rare megabat[2] and one of the largest bats in the world.[3] The species is endangered and is currently facing the possibility of extinction because of poaching and forest destruction. It is endemic to forests in the Philippines.


The giant golden-crowned flying fox is confined to the forests of the Philippines, where it occurs mostly at elevations from sea level to 1,100 m (3,600 ft).[1] It prefers uninhabited areas. A 2005 study found none in inhabited areas.[4] The same study also revealed that these bats use river corridors more than originally thought, because the fig trees located near rivers are the bats' main source of food. They do like to be close to agricultural fields but only in undisturbed forest areas.


I found this in Boracay Island. I just found out today that there used to be 15,000 of them in the island in 1980's. Now, there's just 700 of them.

2 species ID suggestions

rozarats 4 years ago
Flying Fox
MartinL 3 years ago
Malayan flying fox
Pteropus vampyrus Malayan flying fox


Thank you everyone!
@Jolly - I already joined your mission and added this spotting.
@KarenL - Thank you Karen. I learned about it because I recognized the thumbnail. Thank you thank you

Jolly Ibañez
Jolly Ibañez 2 years ago

Congratulations Cherrey Mae. Please consider adding this to the Philippine Endemic Species Mission:

KarenL 2 years ago

Congratulations Cherrey, this spotting is featured in the Project Noah blog today

alicelongmartin 3 years ago

Thanks for the additional information!

Thanks to all who commented and added this spotting to their favorites. I finally got this ID'd after watching a documentary about these specific bats in Boracay Island.

KarenL 3 years ago

Hi CherreyMae, please can you go through your spottings & update the ones that other users have taken the time to identify for you with the correct common & scientific names & a reference link so that they can be removed from the "unknowns" list. Thanks.

Hi Ed! I'm looking forward to your first spotting :-) Thanks..

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 3 years ago

wish i had those wings -great picture!

Eduard Elaydo Uy
Eduard Elaydo Uy 3 years ago


Thanks ccm7!

julia11cc 3 years ago

it shows a lot of detail...great job!

Thank you Karen :-)

KarenL 3 years ago

Wonderful photo!
Make sure you add this to the Bat Monitoring mission!

I have no idea Steve.. :-(

Steve A
Steve A 4 years ago

Is that the Phillipine Gray Flying Fox?

HeatherMiller 4 years ago

Wow, that could be the cover photo for Bats International! That is an amazing pic.

rozarats 4 years ago


p.young713 4 years ago

Awesome Bat Photo!

GhaniBaloch 4 years ago

He must be waking up or just stretching before settling in for the day.


ClementDufour 4 years ago

incredible picture!

AislinnSemethy 4 years ago

amazing!!!!!!!! you can see every detail on its wings!

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 4 years ago

Cherrey you got the spotting of lifetime...very rare moment...!!

alicelongmartin 4 years ago

He must be waking up or just stretching before settling in for the day.

Aklan, Philippines

Lat: 11.98, Long: 121.92

Spotted on Feb 17, 2011
Submitted on May 26, 2011

Spotted for mission

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