Common Name
Fijian Free-tailed Bat
Family
Molossidae

Pronunciation: chair-ay-fon breg-you-lay

Conservation Status: Endangered (IUCN Red List)

Diet: Insectivore

Fun Fact: The Fijian Free-tailed Bat is one of only two insectivorous bat species found on Fiji (and one of only six total bat species found on the islands).

The Fijian Free-tailed Bat is endemic to the islands of Fiji, and has only been observed on two islands (Vanua Levu and Taveuni) in recent years. The only known maternity roost of Fijian Free-tailed Bats is found on the island of Vanua Levu. Population counts vary, but it is estimated that only 2,000-7,000 individuals in the entire world.

Fijian Free-tailed Bats are insectivorous and have been observed foraging above in the forest canopy, in coastal habitats, and along the edge of cloud forests. Many details about their foraging habits and life history are still unknown.

Together with the National Trust of Fiji, Nature Fiji, and the Rainforest Trust, BCI is working to protect the only known maternity colony, as well as protect nearby foraging habitats.

BCI Conservation Projects including the Fijian Free-tailed Bat: Endangered Species Interventions

Staff Pick: Kevin Pierson, Chief Conservation Officer

Literature Cited
Palmeirim, J. M., Champion, A., Naikatini, A., Niukula, J., Tuiwawa, M., Fisher, M., Yabaki-Gounder, M., Thorsteinsdóttir, S., Qalovaki, S.,& Dunn, T. (2007) Distribution, status and conservation of the bats of the Fiji Islands.Oryx,41(4): 509-519.

Scanlon, A., Petit, S.,& Bottroff, G. (2013) The conservation status of bats in Fiji. Oryx, 48(3): 451-459.

Waldien, D.L., Scanlon, A., Thompson, B.L., Sherwin, R.E., Naikatini, A.,& Tikoca, S. (2019) Chaerephon bregullae. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2019: e.T4309A22020149. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2019-3.RLTS.T4309A22020149.en.

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