A method for investigating Rufous Scrub-birds using automated recording and rapid, semi-automated data analysis

Calls made in a Rufous Scrub-bird Atrichornis rufescens territory were recorded for periods of about seven days using an automated recording unit. We developed a method using Raven Pro to scan these recordings for scrub-bird chipping calls for rapid analysis. We present a preliminary analysis of field data showing that the use of this analytical tool will facilitate investigations into how the singing behaviour of Rufous Scrub-birds varies daily and seasonally, knowledge that is important when designing population monitoring programs. Our study also suggests that an automated recording unit in combination with the Raven Pro identifier will provide a viable alternative to standard techniques for surveying sites for the presence of scrub-birds.

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