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Populations declined more than 30% between 1998-2008 and continues to decline.
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The New Zealand long-tailed bat (Chalinolobus tuberculata), also known as the long-tailed wattled bat or pekapeka-tou-roa (Māori), is endemic to New Zealand but closely related to five other species of wattled or lobe-lipped bats in Australia and elsewhere. The bat’s echolocation calls include a relatively low frequency component that can be heard by some people. It can fly at 60kph and has a very large home range (100 km2). An aerial insectivore, it feeds on small moths, midges, mosquitoes and beetles primary along native temperate forest edges. It weighs 8-12gm.
Females give birth to a single pup during the summer and provide sole care for their young, gathering with other females in maternity roosts of up to 120 individuals. These sub-colonies move to new trees almost every day, breaking apart into smaller groups or reforming into larger ones. In some areas limestone caves are also used but mainly as a night roost between feeding bouts.