White-striped Freetail Bat (species: Tadarida australis) in Lane Cove NP (Gaia Guide)
Tadarida australis
White-striped Freetail Bat

©Michael Pennay: White-striped Freetail-bat (Tadarida australis)

©Nic Dunlop: White-striped Freetail-bat (Tadarida australis)

©Nic Dunlop: White-striped Freetail-bat (Tadarida australis)
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Mammalia
Order Chiroptera
Family Molossidae
Genus Tadarida
Species Tadarida australis
Status least concern



Distinguishing features

Fur color varies from chocolate brown to dark brown dorsally and lighter ventrally. The common name refers to a characteristic symmetrical pattern of white fur on the body. This runs from the front to the back where the wings fold against the torso. As a member of the family Molossidae, it has a free tail extending through a well-formed tail membrane. (ADW)


  • Up to 10 cm (Head and body combined length (excluding tail))


  • Up to 0.04 kg


  • Wingspan data is not yet available.



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Distribution and habitat preferences

They can be found in lowland, tropical and scrub forests. They roost in dead, hollow trees or tree stumps and in attics of buildings, barns, and silos in human-dominated landscapes. (Wikipedia)


nocturnal (active at night)


They fly fast and high above tree canopies to forage and travel. Their flight makes them difficult to capture and study. They are nocturnal, hunting at night and roosting during the day. Unlike some other bats, they have adequate ground mobility. (ADW)

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