Flying foxes

BOGOR, Indonesia -- The large flying fox (Pteropus vampyrus) is a conspicuous resident of the Bogor Botanical Garden. One of the largest bat species in the world -- with a wingspan of nearly 1.5 meters, or about 4-1/2 feet -- it feasts on fruit rather than on any other substance suggested by the name vampyrus. They roost in the trees in rather noisy groups -- kind of like 7-year-olds pestering each other in a lunch line.

Flying foxes

From my field notebook

Thursday, March 14, 1996

Indonesia: Java: Bogor: . . . I'll call Paul early tomorrow morning. While walking . . . at dusk I saw several flying foxes [large fruit-eating bats].

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