Development of Camera Technology for Monitoring Nests

W. Andrew Cox, M. Shane Pruett, Thomas J. Benson, Scott J. Chiavacci and Frank R. Thompson III

in Video Surveillance of Nesting Birds

Published by University of California Press

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9780520273139
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780520954090 | DOI:
Development of Camera Technology for Monitoring Nests

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Video technology is useful in studying avian nesting ecology. Researchers interested in using camera systems are often faced with insufficient information on the types and relative advantages of available technologies. We reviewed the literature for nesting studies that used camera; 327 studies recorded 255 bird species spanning 19 orders. Cameras were most commonly used to study nest predators, feeding ecology, and adult behavior. Most systems were partially or completely userbuilt. We discusstwo low-cost video systems we built. Sources of data loss included digital recorder malfunction, power failure, and video-cable damage byrodents. Researchers should carefully consider their objectives and study system when choosing camera technology.

Keywords: behavior; camera; digital video recorder; nest monitoring; parental care; photography; predation; technology; time-lapse; video

Chapter.  8576 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences

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