Roost Characteristics And Habitat Preference Of Indian Flying Fox (Pteropus Giganteus) In Lakhimpur - Kheri, Uttar Pradesh, India

Research Article
Kumar J and Kanaujia A
Roost, Habitat, Indian Flying Fox, Water Bodies, Canopy

Roost characteristics and habitat preference of Indian flying fox, Pteropus giganteus were observed at 14 day roost sites of Lakhimpur - Kheri district, Uttar Pradesh, India form January 2010 to December 2015. All roosts harbor 972 trees belonging to 9 families, 11 genera and 14 species, of which 157 trees belonging to 6 families, 7 genera, and 10 species served as roost trees for these bats. Height of the roost trees varied from 8.80 m (Psidium guajava)) to 16.18 m (Bambusa balcooa) and DBH ranged from 10.73 cm (Bambusa balcooa) to 144.71 cm (Ficus benghalensis). Maximum average bats (n=336.25) were roosted on Ficus religiosa, having height of 9.97 m and DBH of 134.47 cm whereas minimum bats (n=7) were observed on Psidium guajava, having height of 8.80 m and DBH of 44.10 cm. The current study revealed that P. giganteus preferred to roost in larger trees with sufficient heights and dense canopy, located nearby water bodies and human habitations.