General Description

Body fur brown above and lighter underneath. Wide white stripes on each side of the body. Ears point forward, and are wide and ribbed. Their 'free' tail extends well beyond their flying membrane. Wingspan up to 40 cm, body up to 10 cm. Echolocation call, a high-pitched 'ting-ting-ting' at a frequency of 1-2 'tings' per second.


The White-Striped Free-tail Bat is one of Australia's most common bats. They are one of the few bat species that produce echolocation sounds that can be heard by humans. Though rarely seen, except flying quickly overhead, their echolocation calls are one of the most common sounds of the night.


Mainland Australia, excluding monsoonal tropics.


Woodland and urban areas.

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