- Scientific Name
- Acerodon jubatus
- Global Conservation Status (IUCN)
These bats are considered fig specialists. They feed primarily on the fruits of fig trees (Genus: Ficus), though will also feed on banyan tree fruit and leaves.
Fun Fact: The Giant Golden-crowned Flying Fox is possibly the largest bat in the world – its wingspan averages more than five feet long and it is the heaviest recorded bat, weighing up to three pounds.
Appearance: The Giant Golden-crowned Flying Fox is named for the distinctive golden fur on its head. This coloring also earns them their other common name, the Golden-capped Fruit Bat.
Habitat: The Giant Golden-crowned Flying Fox is found only in the Philippines, where it is widespread except for in the Batanes and Babuyan island groups. They prefer feeding in mature, lowland forests, away from human activity. These large bats roost in trees, often in mixed colonies with other bat species, like the Large Flying Fox (Pteropus vampyrus).
Conservation Concerns: The Giant Golden-crowned Flying Fox is endemic to the Philippine islands, meaning it is found nowhere else in the world. Hunting pressure and severe habitat loss are the primary threats affecting this bat. These bats are also especially sensitive to roost site disturbance, becoming stressed enough to abandon pups at roosts.
Bat Conservation International Projects including the Giant Golden-crowned Flying Fox