- Only travel 20-30 km from camp to feed.
- Coastal Queensland from Tully to the tip of Cape York and islands in Torres Strait.
- Spectacled flying-foxes are generally found in or around rainforests and sometimes in mangroves associated with black flying-foxes.
- Spectacled flying-foxes have distinctive straw-coloured fur around the eyes which gives them their name.
- Eye rings can sometimes be indistinct and they will look similar to black flying-foxes.
- Pale fur on shoulders can vary between individuals.
- Average weight 500-1000 g.
- Head-body length 220-240 mm.
- Tall rainforests, gallery forest, mangroves or paperbark forests.
Life history and behaviour
- Little is known about the life span of spectacled flying-foxes in the wild but can live in captivity for 17 years.
- Usually, roost in single-species camps.
- Territorial and aggressive at rich food resources.
- Forage only during the night.
- Mating is common throughout the first half of the year but conception only in March-May, single young born October-December.
- Mothers give birth upside down and carry the young for 3-4 weeks.
- Older young stay at the camp until they start to fly.
- Specialist fruit eater that feeds mostly on rainforest fruits, some eucalyptus nectar and pollen.
- Disperses seeds of at least 26 species of rainforest canopy trees.