The banana bat feeds primarily on the nectar of a variety of plants, including native cacti and the introduced banana plant, using its specialised elongated snout to feed from particularly long-tubed flowers (3). It also feeds on insects (3), and bites or pulls off anthers from flowers to feed on the pollen (6). While feeding, some of the pollen may become stuck to the spiny hairs around the bat’s face and neck (4), and is then carried to the next flower the bat feeds from. As a result, the banana bat acts as a pollinator of bananas and other plants (6). The banana bat may undertake short seasonal migrations in order to find flowering plants on which to feed (1).
The banana bat typically roosts in small colonies in trees, under rocky overhangs or in caves. Although studies of reproduction in the banana bat are scarce, it is thought to reproduce once a year during the dry season, between mid-March and mid-April (2).