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Did you know that Bangu (Bats) are the second biggest group of mammals in the world? Scientists are still finding new species of little Microbats today. As a First Nations Yuin woman, these little Bangu teach me important lessons about listening to Country so that you can find your way. They remind me that no matter how small you may be, we all have a voice that gives us strength.
Let’s meet some of our insectivorous (insect-eating) Microbats!
Long-eared Bangu are very common around Sydney – most nights they are likely flying around above your head without you even knowing! Long-eared Bangu usually roost under tree bark and in tree hollows, but they have become very good at finding similar places in human buildings. They are often found living in the crevices, ceilings and walls of our homes!
Little Forest Bat
Little Forest Bangu are our smallest Bats – they weigh 3-6 grams and measure only 4 centimetres from head to tail. Being small doesn’t stop these little Bangu, though. Little Forest Bangu are expert acrobats who catch flying insects straight out of the sky!
White-striped Freetail Bat
White-striped Freetails are one of our biggest Microbats – they weigh about 40 grams and measure 8 centimetres from head to tail. Freetail Bangu get their name from their tails that poke out behind them like a dog’s tail. This is different to most other kinds of Microbat – who have their tails inside a thin skin called ‘membrane’.
Eastern Horseshoe Bat
Horseshoe Bangu get their name from their strange little faces shaped like a horseshoe. The shape of their face and ears helps Horseshoe Bangu to find their way in the dark caves where they live. Like all Microbats, Horseshoe Bangu use sound and echoes (echo-location) to find their way. Caves are very dark and make lots of echoes, so the Horseshoe Bangu needs extra special tools to navigate.
Bangu are really interesting animals! To find out more about Bangu click here.