Towards an acoustic biotelemetry system for animal behavior studies

P. U. Alkon, Y. Cohen, P. A. Jordan

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Using Indian crested porcupines Hystrix indica, sounds of feeding, drinking, sniffing, walking, threat huffs, moving in dense vegetation and digging were recorded from captive and leash-led subjects in the field. Briefly trained observers correctly identified 82 ± 12% of individual behaviors by sound, and had very accurate (93%) identifications of feeding and walking events. A prototype collar-mounted transmitter and receiver system enabled researchers to detect usable sound signals ≤1 km in the field. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)658-662
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Wildlife Management
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1989
Externally publishedYes


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