Little red flying foxes are the smallest of Australia’s flying foxes but are capable of flying huge distances. One little red flying fox fitted with a tracking collar at Woodford was later recorded north of Yeppoon ten days later. Little red flying foxes are nomadic and track the flowering of their preferred food trees, and are particularly fond of pink bloodwood (Corymbia intermedia). They are typically present in south-east Queensland during the warmer months.
Little red flying foxes will roost amongst the other flying fox species, and upon their arrival can swell roost numbers into the tens or even hundreds of thousands. They can be distinguished from black and grey-headed flying foxes by roosting closer to the ground, and also cluster together like grapes on a vine.
The arrival of little red flying foxes can trigger heightened discussions in the community, and also create the perception of flying fox ‘population explosions’. However, little red flying foxes will move on when their preferred feed trees are no longer in flower (unlike the other two species which are present year-round). While flying foxes are still unpredictable animals, monitoring data collected by Council shows that little red flying foxes will typically be present at roosts from between six to eight weeks.