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BirdOriTrack

BirdOriTrack is a video-tracking program for analyzing the orientation of migratory birds (and potentially other animals) filmed in circular cages or funnels. The program automatically extracts time-resolved, positional data of the animals and determines their orientation relative to the center of the cage or funnel. It was written for the analysis of the orientation behavior of animals of different sizes and tested in diverse cage and funnel designs.

The aim of BirdOriTrack is to provide the analytical basis for an inexpensive, simple, and flexible method to study the orientation behavior of migratory birds. The program can be used by anyone wishing to address questions about migratory orientation or dispersal orientation in either indoor or outdoor setups, and does not require special recording paper or specifically designed electronic registration techniques.

For more detailed information, please read the operation manual of BirdOriTrack and our paper:

Muheim R, Henshaw I, Sjöberg S, Deutschlander ME (2014): BirdOriTrack: a new video-tracking program for orientation research with migratory birds. J. Field Ornithol. 85(1):91-105, 2014 DOI: 10.1111/jofo.12053

Download and Terms and Conditions for use of BirdOriTrack

BirdOriTrack was written by Rachel Muheim in MATLAB® R2010b (Version 7.11.0; MathWorks Inc., Natick, MA, USA) and is free to download and use.

Whenever results analyzed by BirdOriTrack are published, users are asked to cite our methods paper:
Muheim R, Henshaw I, Sjöberg S, Deutschlander ME (2014): BirdOriTrack: a new video-tracking program for orientation research with migratory birds. J. Field Ornithol. 85(1):91-105, 2014 DOI: 10.1111/jofo.12053

Help with the choice of cameras and video recording systems, instructions on how to use BirdOriTrack, and trouble-shooting of technical problems can only be provided on a very limited basis, unless a user discovers a serious flaw in the program. Please always first read the manual!

Please feel free to contact Rachel Muheim if you are interested in a scientific collaboration and would like custom-designed extensions or alterations to the program!

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Emlen funnels at Braddock Bay Bird Observatory.
Emlen funnels at Braddock Bay Bird Observatory.

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Centre for Animal Movement Research
Evolutionary Ecology, Department of Biology
Ecology building S-223 62 Lund Sweden