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The straw-coloured fruit bat (Eidolon helvum) is the second largest bat on the African continent. Despite its name, this bat is not a consistent straw-yellow colour, instead ranging from pale yellow to dark brownish-grey. The fur on the rump and legs is often darker than on the more yellowish shoulders, and the underparts are lighter than the upperparts. A strong flier, the straw-coloured fruit bat has long, pointed wings which are built for endurance rather than agility. The straw-coloured fruit bat forms huge colonies that may number into the millions. Like other fruit bats, the straw-coloured fruit bat does not use echolocation.

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