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White-striped Free-tailed Bat

White-striped Free-tailed Bat (Austronomus australis) is the largest microbat found in Perth. You can often hear their distinctive 'tick, tick, tick' call as they search for their prey around home gardens.

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Noongar Names: Babitj (Bat)

Scientific Name: Austronomus australis

Conservation Status: Common

Threats: Habitat loss

Will they visit?: White-striped Free-tailed Bat are more common in areas with good canopy and will visit home gardens.

Natural Distribution: Widespread throughout the South West and the Perth region.

Habitat at a Glance

See Habitat Guide for more detail

Shelter: Large trees with hollows or constructed bat boxes

Diet: Insects and other invertebrates

Water: Not needed

ReWild Benefit: Control mosquito and pest populations

ReWild Benefits

Micro-bats are voracious predators of insects and control pests (such as annoying midgies and mozzies), benefiting our neighbourhoods as we work to drive a healthy environment for our community. If you see a bat foraging in your garden, you can record your sighting on Atlas of Living Australia!

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