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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, the 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 wingspan 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 have no specific name besides 'young'. They have one to two young. The Indian flying fox lives in tropical forests and swamps, where a large body of water is nearby.


Indian flying fox with baby

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27 Comments (1–25)

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 5 years ago

Please describe the habitat where you photographed this bat under "Habitat". It is a description of the place you found it, not a description for the general habitat of the species from a website. Thanks

Christine Y.
Christine Y. 6 years ago


LaurenZarate 6 years ago

Wonderful series! How did you capture these!

Hema 6 years ago


Ava T-B
Ava T-B 6 years ago

Amazing series!

HemantKumar 6 years ago

thanks a lot friends, here r few more images :)

The MnMs
The MnMs 6 years ago

Wooow..amazing! I did not know they even fly with their babies. Many thanks for sharing in PN!

dotun55 6 years ago

Getting a good zoom cam soon. Won't be long before you see Afri-bats again ; )

namitha 6 years ago


AfriBats 6 years ago

Hope to see bat spotting from Africa, Dotun ;-)

dotun55 6 years ago

Great documentary! Good for Afribats : )

AfriBats 6 years ago

@Gilma Jeanette They are briefly dipping into the water for 2 purposes: To drink by wetting the belly fur, and then licking the water from the pelage, and in dry & hot regions for thermoregulation, i.e. to cool down.

Amazing series!! HemantKumar.
Is it carrying a young one and what is it doing in the water and in the daytime??
Never seen one before and I really think You have the best pictures and I got the best introduction.

AfriBats 6 years ago

Brilliant series!

naross 7 years ago

Fabulous photos, Hemant. And she's got a pup too! How lucky you are to have seen this. Well done on this amazing spotting.

cnippold 7 years ago


Maria dB
Maria dB 7 years ago

Awesome series!

YukoChartraw 7 years ago

Fantastic series!

arlanda 7 years ago

Impressive series, Hemant!

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 7 years ago

Amazing series, Great snaps,

HemantKumar 7 years ago

thank you

Jolly Ibanez
Jolly Ibanez 7 years ago

Incredible series Hemant

Noel Buensuceso
Noel Buensuceso 7 years ago

Great series!

Tori2 7 years ago

Is it caring something? 7 years ago

Good photo:)

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Telangana, India

Spotted on May 20, 2013
Submitted on May 20, 2013

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