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Grey-headed Flying Fox

Pteropus poliocephalus


Adults grow up to 28cm, male and female similar, grey fur on head and darker on lower body, chest fur is dull to rich russet brown/orange. Black hairless wings resembling soft thin leather, wrapped around body when roosting (hanging upside down by hind legs). Fox-like face.


Forested and open areas but with available roosting sites and food trees such as flowering and fruiting plants. Lives in large communal camps, often close to waterways. Will travel many kilometres from main camp site of colony in search of food. Found along eastern areas of Australia.

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rams4d 7 years ago

Impressive !!!

Steve A
Steve A 7 years ago

Interesting, thank you.

kdpicturemaker 7 years ago

This Flying Fox was away from camp which was about 45km away and had not made it back that night. It stayed in a low fruit tree until the next evening and did seem to have some injuries although this didn't hinder the flying.

Steve A
Steve A 7 years ago

That's a great photo. Was this taken at a flying-fox camp in NSW?

kdpicturemaker 7 years ago

Thanks MacChristiansen. These poor Flying Foxes get such a hard time, but are a key part of the Australian environment.

MacChristiansen 7 years ago

Nice pic Kd

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New South Wales, Australia

Spotted on Nov 20, 2013
Submitted on Nov 21, 2013

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