Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/16328
Title: Activity and roosting of the eastern blossom-bat ('Syconycteris australis')
Contributor(s): Drury, Rebecca (author); Geiser, Fritz  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2014
Open Access: Yes
DOI: 10.1071/AM13025Open Access Link
Handle Link: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/16328
Abstract: We quantified activity patterns, foraging times and roost selection in the eastern blossom-bat ('Syconycteris australis') (body mass 17.6 g) in coastal northern New South Wales in winter using radio-telemetry. Bats roosted either in rainforest near their foraging site of flowering coast banksia ('Banksia integrifolia') and commuted only km ('n' = 8), whereas others roosted km ('n' = 4) away in wet sclerophyll forest. Most bats roosted in rainforest foliage, but in the wet sclerophyll forest cabbage palm leaves ('Livistonia australis') were preferred roosts, which likely reflects behavioural thermoregulation by bats. Foraging commenced 44±22 min after sunset in rainforest-roosting bats, whereas bats that roosted further away and likely flew over canopies/open ground to reach their foraging site left later, especially a female roosting with her likely young (~4 h after sunset). Bats returned to their roosts 64±12 min before sunrise. Our study shows that 'S. australis' is capable of commuting considerable distances between appropriate roost and foraging sites when nectar is abundant. Bats appear to vary foraging times appropriately to minimise exposure to predators and to undertake parental care.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Australian Mammalogy, 36(1), p. 29-34
Publisher: CSIRO Publishing
Place of Publication: Australia
ISSN: 1836-7402
0310-0049
Field of Research (FOR): 060801 Animal Behaviour
060806 Animal Physiological Ecology
Socio-Economic Outcome Codes: 970106 Expanding Knowledge in the Biological Sciences
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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