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Indian flying fox or the greater Indian fruit bat

Pteropus giganteus


Most fruit bats have large eyes, allowing them to orient themselves visually in twilight and inside caves and forests.Compared to insectivorous bats, fruit bats are relatively large. They are herbivores and rely on their keen senses of sight and smell to locate food.


The Indian flying fox lives in rain forests and swamps, where a large body of water is nearby.It is found in Bangladesh, China, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. Fruit bats mostly roost in trees and shrubs. Fruit bats are restricted to the Old World in a tropical and subtropical distribution, ranging no further than the eastern Mediterranean and South Asia


The Indian flying fox is frugivorous or nectarivorous, i.e., they eat fruits or lick nectar from flowers. At dusk, these bats forage for ripe fruit. While ingesting fruit, these bats expel waste that pollinates and disperse seeds.

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SisirBanga 3 years ago

Thank a lot for giving me a more specific ID and I have made the necessary change!

AfriBats 3 years ago

Great observation of an Indian Flying Fox (Pteropus giganteus)!

SisirBanga 3 years ago

Thanks Marta RubioTexeira

The MnMs
The MnMs 3 years ago


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chandigarh broadband services, Union Territory of Chandīgarh, India

Lat: 30.74, Long: 76.77

Spotted on Jun 27, 2015
Submitted on Jul 20, 2015

Spotted for Mission

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