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Indian Flying Fox

Pteropus giganteus


The Indian Flying-fox (Pteropus giganteus) is a species of megabat in the Pteropodidae family. It is found in Bangladesh, China, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. Also known as the Greater Indian Fruit Bat, it lives in mainly forests. It is a very large bat with a wing span of between 1.2 and 1.5 m (3 ft 10 in and 4 ft 10 in). It is nocturnal and feeds mainly on ripe fruits such as mangoes and bananas and nectar. This bat is gregarious and lives in colonies which can number a few hundred. Their offspring has no specific name besides 'young'. They reproduce sexually and give live birth. They have one to two young.(

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26 Comments (1–25)

Harsha Singh
Harsha Singh 9 years ago

Love this picture!

Sumukha Javagal
Sumukha Javagal 10 years ago

Congrats Hemant for the SOTD..!

SanjaySaklani 10 years ago

The flying fox is nocturnal, having excellent night vision; it has no means of echolocation. They roost during the day hanging upside down in the tops of large trees in huge noisy colonies of many hundreds. In the evening they leave one by one on their nightly foraging, returning at dawn. Their food consists of the juices and pulp of fruits and flowers, having chewed the flesh, the solids are discarded.

Arun 10 years ago

Awesome ... Congratulations Hemant :)

Lukas Ferrenburg
Lukas Ferrenburg 10 years ago

Congrats on the SOTD!

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 10 years ago

Congratulations Hemant Wonderful shot !

WOW!! It is gorgeous!! Do not want to run into one or some! it would scared the daylights out of me!!

Braulio Rivas Tapia
Braulio Rivas Tapia 10 years ago

U should put it on the mission: Global Flight!

Fyn  Kynd
Fyn Kynd 10 years ago

Awesome spot! Congrats!

DavidMroczkowski 10 years ago

fantastic photo

Maria dB
Maria dB 10 years ago


Jolly Ibañez
Jolly Ibañez 10 years ago

Congratulations HemantKumar. Awesome shot!

NuwanChathuranga 10 years ago

Congratulations hemant!

Josh Asel
Josh Asel 10 years ago

very nice congrats

Milind Mangare
Milind Mangare 10 years ago


RolandEGauthier 10 years ago

Actually they are found throughout most Asian areas, I am living in Borneo and we have them here, Its my favorite bat species and I am always in awe when I see them flying over my home heading to the fruit orchard, sadly they are targeted as some here for food and as a pest due to destruction of farmers crops like fruits. I grow fruit trees in hope they come to my place, so far only tiny fruit bats.

great spotting HemantKumar,congrats for the SOTD,thanks for sharing

Wild Things
Wild Things 10 years ago

Congratulations Hemant!

MacChristiansen 10 years ago

Congratulations Hermant on your SOTD

KarenL 10 years ago

Hemant, congratulations! This awesome capture has earned you a well deserved spotting of the day!

Named for its physical similarity to a fox, the Indian flying fox is one of the largest of all bats with a wingspan of more than 4 feet.

RiekoS 10 years ago

Beautiful capture. Love it.

Wild Things
Wild Things 10 years ago


harsuame 10 years ago

Consider it added wing :::

harsuame 10 years ago

Considerarlo agregar ala mission

harsuame 10 years ago


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Spotted on Dec 27, 2012
Submitted on Dec 27, 2012

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