Flying Foxes in Kingfisher Creek

Did you Know that Flying-foxes are the largest flying mammals in the world, are nocturnal and are native to Australia?

Why do flying foxes live here?

The vegetation along Kingfisher Creek at Albany Creek provides a safe place for Black and Grey-headed flying foxes to rest each day. In south East Queensland, most flying fox colonies are close to waterways in bushland.

Grey-Headed Flying FoxesSpot the difference

Look carefully: you can see Grey-headed flying have a collar of orange fur right around their neck, while Black flying foxes only have orange fur on the back of their neck.

What’s good about flying foxes?

Flying foxes help build healthy forest for other wildlife by spreading seeds and pollinating native plants. Flying foxes may fly up to 50km each night in search of food. They are important for many native tree species (such as Eucalyptus) that rely on cross-pollination from other trees located long distance away.

Never handle a flying fox

A flying fox on its own during the day, on or near ground, is likely to be sick or injured. Never handle a flying fox as they may bite or scratch. A small number of flying foxes carry Australian Bat Lyssavirus. This virus is potentially fatal to humans and can be transmitted via saliva. The virus is not transmitted through droppings or urine, or from animals roosting or flying overhead.

Black Headed Fox

If you encounter a sick or injured flying fox, call the RSPCA on 1300 ANIMAL (1300 264 625) or a local wildlife care group.

What is council doing?

Council manages flying fox colonies in accordance with State government legislation. For more information, contact Council on (07) 3205 0555.

What you can do

If you live in close proximity to a large number of flying-foxes:

  • do no leave washing out at night - bring it in before dusk
  • cover your vehicles
  • cover or place outdoor furniture undercover at night
  • do not disturb the flying-fox as this just increases their noise level - they are quiet when left alone
  • use a pool cover at night.

 

 

Moreton Bay Regional Council

 

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