Straw-coloured fruit bat in flight

Straw-coloured fruit bat

Straw-coloured fruit bats are the most widely distributed of the African fruit bats and live and travel in vast colonies numbering into the millions. They roost in tall trees, and go off in smaller foraging groups at night searching for ripe fruits. After noisily sucking out the juice from a fruit, they discard the pulp, which makes them important pollinators and seed dispersers. They also chew wood and bark to obtain moisture.

Scientific name: Eidolon helvum

Rank: Species

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Map showing the distribution of the Straw-coloured fruit bat taxa

Species range provided by WWF's Wildfinder.

The Straw-coloured fruit bat can be found in a number of locations including: Africa, Madagascar. Find out more about these places and what else lives there.


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

Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web

Conservation Status

Near Threatened

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

Population trend: Decreasing

Year assessed: 2008

Classified by: IUCN 3.1


  1. Life
  2. Animals
  3. Vertebrates
  4. Mammals
  5. Bats
  6. Megabats
  7. Eidolon
  8. Straw-coloured fruit bat

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