Indian flying fox - NSSB

Indian flying fox

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Indian Flying Fox, Photo: Shaiful Islam Sourav


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Scientific Classification

রাজ্য / Kingdom: Animalia
বর্গ / Order: Chiroptera
পরিবার / Family: Pteropodidae
গন / Genus:
প্রজাতি / Species: P. giganteus

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Indian flying fox

বাংলা নামঃ
বড় বাদুড়
English Name: Indian flying fox ,Greater Indian fruit bat
Scientific Name: Pteropus giganteus, (Brünnich, 1782)


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The Indian flying fox is the largest of all bats in our country belonging to the family Pteropodidae. They have large eyes and simple ears.

Length: Up to 1 ft.

Weight: 2-3.5 lbs.

Wingspan: 21-23 cm.

Feeding: They mainly feed on fruits and nectar of flowers.

Reproduction behavior: Breeding season is from July to October. Gestation period consists of 140-150 days. February to May is the season to give birth. 1-2 pups are the average birth number. Mother carries the pups for a few weeks. Weening occurs until 5 months of age. Male doesn’t participate in parental care. Becomes reproductive at 1.5 years of age.

Habitat: Lives in large colonies in tree-tops and canopies. They are found in tropical forests near water bodies. Their population is declining due to loss of large trees.


Shaiful Islam Sourav

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It is found in Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, China (Tibet), Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.


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