Indian Flying Fox

Indian Flying Fox (Pteropus giganteus)


The Indian flying fox also known as the greater Indian fruit bat. It is one of the largest bats in the world. It is of interest as a disease vector, as it is capable of transmitting several viruses to humans. It is nocturnal and feeds mainly on ripe fruits, such as mangoes and bananas, and nectar. The wings rise from the side of the dorsum and from the back of the second toe, and its thumb has a powerful claw. It lacks a tail. The Indian flying fox ranges in color, with a black back that is lightly streaked with grey, a pale, yellow-brown mantle, a brown head, and dark, brownish underparts. It has large eyes. They eat fruits or drink nectar from flowers. At dusk, it forages for ripe fruit.