Long-tailed bat. Photo: Colin O

Long-tailed bat

Long-tailed bats were common throughout New Zealand in the 1800s and were recorded in colonies of “scores”, “hundreds”, and “thousands”. By 1900-1930 they were becoming scarce in many districts.

Recent surveys indicate that South Island long-tailed bats are rarer than previously thought. They were once common in Dunedin, Invercargill and Christchurch, where they roosted under the wooden bridges across the Avon River until 1885.

Long-tailed bat is at risk from a predator plague caused by high levels of seed production ('beech mast') in 2014. Battle for our Birds protects long-tailed bat and other native species from predators.

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