Grey-headed flying-foxes are at risk of extinction. Much of their natural habitat has been cleared for development and they are moving into urban areas.
The Grey-headed flying-fox (Pteropus poliocephalus) is Australia's largest megabat. Named for their grey head and body, they have a rust-coloured collar around their necks, and a wingspan up to 1m. Their large eyes and heightened sense of smell enable them to navigate their surroundings and find food.
Grey-headed flying-foxes are nomadic mammals who travel across Australia, feeding on native blossoms, fruits and seeds, and pollinating plants. They are vital to the health and regeneration of Australia's native forests, as they can fly vast distances (up to 50km per night) transporting pollen and dispersing larger seeds.
If you find an injured bat or flying-fox, don’t touch it. Contact WIRES (1300 094 737) and they will assign a trained and vaccinated volunteer to help.