Kuluban (Flying Fox) by Lachlan NabegeyoSold

Kuluban (Flying Fox)

In this image, the artist has painted a kuluban (flying fox) hanging from the bough of a tree. Kuluban are a food source for the indigenous people of Arnhem Land, although the flesh is very gamey and pungent. The bats feed on blossom and fruit. When particular varieties of blossom come into season, the diet of the bat changes the degree of sweetness in the flesh of the bat itself. They are quite a raucous animal and can be heard feeding at night in the trees.

Kuluban is a the generic word for flying foxes, but also specifically refers to the black flying fox, Pteropus alecto. The brown flying fox (Pteropus scapulatus) is known specifically as nakayalak.

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