Scientific Name
Pteropus poliocephalus 
Global Conservation Status (IUCN)
Frugivore Nectarivore

Data Sheet

Grey-headed flying foxes drink nectar and eat pollen, fruits, and sometimes leaves from a wide variety of trees including gum trees, eucalyptus, melaleucas, banksia, citrus, coffee, and figs. In doing so they contribute to pollination and seed dispersal. 

Fun Fact: The grey-headed flying fox makes multiple types of social vocalizations that are used to communicate in situations related to conflict or reproduction. 

Appearance: Grey-headed flying foxes have a grey head, a rusty collar region, a dark grey body with black wings, and leg fur that extends to the ankles. This large species weighs between 650 and 1000 grams and has a wingspan of over 1 meter.  

Habitat: Grey-headed flying foxes inhabit subtropical forests, woodlands, swamps, mangroves, agricultural areas, and urban settings. They roost in exposed tree branches in the canopy. Roosting groups may include up to hundreds of thousands of bats in aggregations called camps that change location according to food availability. 

Conservation Concerns: The grey-headed flying fox is currently listed as Vulnerable by the IUCN. These bats are threatened by habitat loss and climate extremes that restrict access to foraging and roosting resources. Conflict with people is also a threat as bats move into agricultural and urban areas.