The Little Pied Bat is a distinctive black and white bat that weighs four to eight grams. The head and body are about 4.5 cm in length; the tail 3.5 cm. The fur is glossy black on the back, grey on the belly, with white fur along the flanks forming a ‘V’ in the pubic area.
The Little-Pied Bat is found in inland Queensland and NSW (including Western Plains and slopes) extending slightly into South Australia and Victoria.
Habitat and ecology
- Occurs in dry open forest, open woodland, mulga woodlands, chenopod shrublands, cypress pine forest and mallee and Bimbil box woodlands.
- Roosts in caves, rock outcrops, mine shafts, tunnels, tree hollows and buildings.
- Can tolerate high temperatures and dryness but need access to nearby open water.
- Feeds on moths and possibly other flying invertebrates.