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Now available with SWIFT fixes for many more locations.

Accurate, automated locations now available from a GPS tag weighing just 1g. Now you can save on fieldwork time and effort, with even smaller species.

With the fully programmable schedule you can choose the days and times that locations are recorded, to meet the specific requirements of your study. The battery can then be recharged and the tag used again and again.

Great for:

  • Much more accurate locations during migration
  • Habitat use
  • Home range

Please see the features, specifications and product sheet tabs (above) for more information, and contact us to discuss your requirements.

  • Fully user-programmable schedule
  • User rechargeable
  • Optional end tube for harness attachment
  • Optional VHF beacon to aid tag recovery
  • Other customizations (e.g. extra protection) available on request



Customized to suit your project and species, the PinPoint GPS tags are made to order and available in a range of weights/configurations.

Below are the specifications for the current configurations.

Model PinPoint-10 PinPoint-50 PinPoint-75 PinPoint-120 PinPoint-240
Standard weight (g) † 1.0 2.0 3.5 n/a n/a
Heavy duty weight (g) 1.5 2.2 4.1 4.8 10
Potential number of location attempts*
Number of location attempts are schedule dependent - for a better estimate for your application, contact one of our expert advisors
Short-term study 130 538
900 1500 2000
Long-term study** with standard fixes 20 96 140 212 420
Long-term study** with new SWIFT fixes 136 294
924 1096 2240
Standard model Dimensions (mm) † 21 x 13 x 5 22 x 13 x 9 25 x 13 x 10 30 x 15 x 10 n/a
Flexible scheduling Spread fixes over days, months or even a whole migration
Battery Limited recharges, depending on deployment
Operating temperature -10°C to +35°C
For temperatures below 10C, fewer locations will be attempted
Antenna † 5cm - lightweight & flexible
Waterproofing Splash tolerant
Warranty 3 months or 80% of the scheduled life, whichever is shorter

Please ask about other models if remote data download or a larger battery is needed.

† Tags can be further customised for attachment method, antenna strength and potting level. Note that these options will add weight. Please contact one of our Avian Telemetry Specialists to discuss your individual project requirements.

* Locations may be attempted but the bird’s behaviour can prevent GPS communication.
** The number of location attempts for long-term studies has been calculated with four locations per day.

Publications using the PinPoint GPS tags


Miniaturized GPS Tags Identify Non-breeding Territories of a Small Breeding Migratory Songbird
Michael T. Hallworth & Peter P. Marra
Scientific Reports 5, Article number: 11069 (2015) doi:10.1038/srep11069

GPS-tracking reveals non-breeding locations and apparent molt migration of a Black-headed Grosbeak
Rodney B. Siegel,  Ron Taylor, James F. Saracco, Lauren Helton & Sarah Stock
J. Field Ornithol., 87: 196–203. doi:10.1111/jofo.12149

Determining fine-scale migratory connectivity and habitat selection for a migratory songbird by using new GPS technology. 
Fraser, K.C., Shave, A., Savage, A., Ritchie, A., Bell, K., Siegrist, J., Ray, J.D., Applegate, K. & Pearman, M.
J Avian Biol. Accepted Author Manuscript. doi:10.1111/jav.01091

Megafires: an emerging threat to old-forest species 
Gavin M Jones, RJ Gutiérrez, Douglas J Tempel, Sheila A Whitmore, William J Berigan and M Zachariah Peery
Front Ecol Environ 2016; 14(6): 300–306, doi:10.1002/fee.1298


First Direct Evidence of Long-distance Seasonal Movements and Hibernation in a Migratory Bat
Weller TJ, Castle KT, Liechti F, Hein CD, Schirmacher MR & Cryan PM.
Scientific Reports. 2016;6:34585. doi:10.1038/srep34585.

Using sutures to attach miniature tracking tags to small bats for multimonth movement and behavioral studies
Kevin T Castle, Theodore J Weller, Paul M Cryan, Cris D Hein, & Michael R Schirmacher
Ecology and Evolution. 2015;5(14):2980-2989. doi:10.1002/ece3.1584.