Common blossom bat hanging upside down

Common blossom bat

Common blossom bats are a type of fruit bat, but they prefer to eat nectar and pollen over fruit. As they feed, they pollinate the flowers of the rainforest trees. When food is scarce, the bats can go into torpor to save energy. They're most likely to do this in the summer, when there may be a shortage of nectar and because the short summer nights don't allow much feeding time.

Scientific name: Syconycteris australis

Rank: Species

Common names:

  • Queensland blossom-bat,
  • Southern blossom-bat

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Map showing the distribution of the Common blossom bat taxa

Species range provided by WWF's Wildfinder.

The Common blossom bat can be found in a number of locations including: Australia. Find out more about these places and what else lives there.


The following habitats are found across the Common blossom bat distribution range. Find out more about these environments, what it takes to live there and what else inhabits them.


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Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web

Conservation Status

Least Concern

  1. EX - Extinct
  2. EW
  3. CR - Threatened
  4. EN - Threatened
  5. VU - Threatened
  6. NT
  7. LC - Least concern

Population trend: Stable

Year assessed: 2008

Classified by: IUCN 3.1


  1. Life
  2. Animals
  3. Vertebrates
  4. Mammals
  5. Bats
  6. Megabats
  7. Syconycteris
  8. Common blossom bat