"Brian Fleming" <>, "" <>
Bats eat birds
Wed, 22 Aug 2001 06:31:28 +0000
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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Four Short Stories
Birds of Darwin Sketches
Birding & Natural History in the Far North
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