If you want to see how these Little Aussie Battlers get about, an interactive Flying-fox web viewer has been developed to visually present the camp census data collected via the National Flying-fox Monitoring Program. The viewer shows the camp occurrence of the Grey-headed and Spectacled Flying-fox. Within the eastern coastal belt, the viewer also shows Black Flying-fox and Little Red Flying-fox camps.

The viewer enables you to explore Flying-fox camps and the numbers of each species counted over time. This information spans the data gathered from November 2012 to present.

If you are aware of Flying-fox camps that contain either Grey-headed or Spectacled Flying-foxes, but are not shown on this interactive web tool, then you can notify the Department of the Environment and Energy by emailing details of the camp to speciespolicy@environment.gov.au.



What to expect


The Grey-headed and Black flying-fox have similar reproductive cycles, generally mating in Autumn with females giving birth to a single pup in Spring.
The Little Red Flying-fox differs to the cycle of other species. Conception occurs later in the year with females giving birth to a single pup the following Autumn/Winter.



Flying-foxes feed primarily on blossom and fruit in canopy vegetation and supplement this diet with leaves. At any given time, the majority of animals feed on nectar from eucalypts, melaleucas and banksias. They have an extensive diet that includes over 100 species of native flowering trees and fleshy fruited trees and vines. Where food sources are reduced through climate change, or loss of habitat through human development, they may be forced to forage on introduced or cultivated crops.

During the day, flying-foxes gather in roosts or camps. Some camps are occupied permanently, some seasonally and others when unpredictable flowering leads to the sudden arrival of thousands of Flying-foxes.

Historically the typical flying-fox camp is found in mangroves, swamps, rainforest or open forest, beside creeks or another type of waterway.
More recently, flying-fox camps can be found in or next to urban areas.