Indian flying fox
|রাজ্য / Kingdom:||Animalia|
|বর্গ / Order:||Chiroptera|
|পরিবার / Family:||Pteropodidae|
|গন / Genus:
|প্রজাতি / Species:||P. giganteus|
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Indian flying fox
|English Name:||Indian flying fox ,Greater Indian fruit bat|
|Scientific Name:||Pteropus giganteus, (Brünnich, 1782)|
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.
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It is found in Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, China (Tibet), Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
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- Mohammad Ali Reza Khan, Wildlife of Bangladesh
- Wikipedia: Indian flying fox
- cincinnatizoo.org: GIANT FRUIT BAT (INDIAN FLYING FOX)
- Encyclopedia Britannica: Indian flying fox
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