These are the original kiwi leg-band radio-tags developed by Sirtrack (now Lotek NZ) working with kiwi researchers over 30 years ago. Of paramount importance was the welfare of the kiwi, but performance in terms of optimising tag life and strength of signal were also critical to the success of projects. They have now been used for decades by conservationists restoring kiwi populations throughout New Zealand.
The kiwi leg-bands can equally be used on other species where tailmounts or harness mounted backpacks are not appropriate, and when an external antenna is not required.
Designed for safety:
Over 30 years have guided development of kiwi leg-bands that are safe and reliable for this unique group of birds.
Mortality sensing indicates when a kiwi has not moved for several hours, which means you do not have to disturb a live kiwi. However, if it is dead you can move in quickly which can dramatically improve the evidence for cause of death. Moreover, the Time Since Death option provides a series of beeps that tells you how many days since the tag was still.
For some species there are even more sophisticated firmware options to help establish the start and end of incubation and even alert the tracker to a deserted nest. Please note these are very species/project specific and need to be discussed in detail for them to be appropriate for the study.
Kiwi conservation programs have been driving the design of these tags, and the species specific firmware has aided the fight to save them. Nevertheless there may be other species that could use the tags, especially those for which a legmount is more appropriate and external antennas seen as a hindrance to the bird.
|Model||V1L 118A||V1L 118B||V2L 123A||V2L 152A||V2L 161A||V2L 163A|
|Max weight (g)||5||5||10||11||22||22|
|Life  (days)|
|Size (LxWxH) (mm)||26 x 13 x 8||26 x 13 x 8||20 x 17 x 20||31 x 21 x 16||35 x 23 x 19||35 x 23 x 19|
|Leg-band gap (mm)||5||5||5||5||5 or 8||5 or 8|
|Antenna length (mm)||80||80||100||–||–||–|
|Antenna angle option||45˚ or 90˚||45˚ or 90˚||45˚ or 90˚||–||–||–|
|Antenna protection option||Spring||Heatshrink||Heatshrink||–||–||–|
1. Maximum theoretical life at 25˚C using cell manufacturers stated capacity. Actual lives may vary at the extremes of the operating temperature range by up to 50%. Life calculation based on continuous operation at 18 ms Pulse Width
Operating temperature range: -20°C to +50°C
VHF frequency range: 142 MHz to 174 MHz
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