Egyptian Fruit Bat
They form the largest colonies of any fruit bats, with colonies often numbering up to several thousand individuals, or even up to 50,000 in some cases.
Bats crowd close together in the roost, chattering noisily, and fights often break out. The Egyptian fruit bat typically has two breeding cycles each year, although most females breed in only one, the timing depending on the location. During the breeding season, females form nursery colonies with the young, while males tend to form separate groups. The female Egyptian fruit bat gives birth to a single young, or occasionally twins, after a gestation period of around four months. Egyptian fruit bats nest in trees as well as caves.
DID YOU KNOW? Fruit bats are believed to be the most vocal of all bat species.
- Least Concern
- Near Threatened
- Critically Endangered
- Extinct in the Wild