Livingstone's Fruit Bat, also called the Comoro Flying Fox,
is a large fruit bat native to mountain forests of two of
the Comoros Islands off Madagascar.
Mainly nocturnal, they can be active in daytime and can use
thermal air currents like birds to reach foraging trees in
daylight/dusk. Diet is mainly fruit, nectar and seeds high
in the canopy but can include moths.
Most are black with gold fur on their front and neck, but
some are completely black. The ears are rounded instead of
The limited population of Livingstone's Fruit Bats is
endangered by habitat loss as human populations grow and
also by hunting. Estimates indicate that the species may be
extinct in the wild within a decade.