Rousettus – Rousette bats

Inhabiting most of Africa to SE Asia, we are the only genus of megabats to use vocal echolocation

The genus consists of three sub-genera and a total of eight species as of now. They are found in islands of the South Pacific, most of Africa, and SE Asia. The member species of this genus are among the very few fruit bats that are capable of echolocation.

These bats are also known as megabats because of their huge size. During periods of activity, these bats roost in caves and on trees. The number of these bats seems to be decreasing worldwide, which is of particular concern as these bats have a slow reproduction rate which is made even worse by unsustainable hunting practices.