Like all fruits bat, they have large, conspicuous eyes which give off
a dull red eye-shine when flashed by a torchlight at night. Most fruit
bats lack echolocation and rely strictly on eyesight and smell to find
The Common Fruit
Bat has a unique behaviours. It constructs a tent out of the leaves of
palm trees, bananas and other large leaf plants. By chewing the veins,
the leaves collapse and form a well-engineered roosting cavities, covering
the bats from direct sunlight and rain.
Sucking out juices and soft pulp. May accept nectar and pollen.
Nocturnal, move out to feed before dusk.
in small group in trees under leaves. Occurs in forest and mangroves.
Threats: Habitat destruction
Chiku is one
of its favorite fruit. This one was approaching a chiku. You can see from
its right wing, it has 5 digits or fingers. The wings are essential modified
hands - hence bats are classified under the order Chiroptera, meaning
"hand wing" in Greek.
by K W Chan