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Indian Flying Fox, Pteropus giganteus

The Indian flying fox (Pteropus giganteus), also known as the Greater Indian Fruit Bat, is a species of megabat that can be found in China, India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Maldives, and Pakistan. It prefers a habitat within forests or swamps, typically where a large body of water is present. Its wingspan can reach a length between four and five feet. It lives in large groups numbering in the hundreds, and is a highly sociable species. Births contain one or two live young. This species feeds on ripe bananas and mangoes, as well as nectar. The Indian flying fox appears on the IUCN Red List with a conservation status of “Least Concern”.

Image Caption: Pteropus giganteus, Zoological Garden Berlin, Germany. Credit: Fritz Geller-Grimm/Wikipedia  (CC BY-SA 2.5)

Indian Flying Fox Pteropus giganteus