Bats eat birds

To: "Brian Fleming" <>, "" <>
Subject: Bats eat birds
From: Goodfellow <>
Date: Wed, 22 Aug 2001 06:31:28 +0000
Hi Anthea
Ghost Bat takes birds - remains of honeyeaters and finches, including 
Gouldian Finch have been found at roosts in the Top End.  But my biggest 
find were the remains of what was back in the early 1992, called a Kakadu 
Dunnart while carrying out biological surveys at Mt Todd, near Katherine.

This little creature had been found by biologists working in what was to 
become Kakadu Stage III and I asume that as part of their attempt to save 
Coronation Hill from mining they had declared that this marsupial and 
several other creatures were virtually restricted to that area. This in 
spite of very little survey being carried out elsewhere. 

Ghost Bat is a fascinating creature.  It's a Microchiropteran, the 
largest in Australia, and the only Australian member of the family 
Megadermatidae which occurs mostly in Australia.   

I've caught them in mistnets.  Unlike flying-foxes Ghost Bat is most 
placid in such situations.   

I call Ghost Bats up by squeaking as one would for a bird. 

Kunwingjku people call it Buma buma.  Unlike flying-foxes ghost bat isn't 
eaten by the Kunwinjku.

Denise Goodfellow  (Lawungkurr Maralngurra)

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