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VHF Avian Tags for smaller species

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Highly customised, reliable tags for all types of birds, bats and bugs

Our Pip and PicoPip series are just what you need for a wide range of birds, bats and insects. Decide on the right balance of signal strength, operating life and sensing options, then specify the ideal tag for your study, with expert guidance from one of our Avian Telemetry Specialists.

Our PicoPip190 tag is so small it can be used on insects. In its lightest form (only 0.20 g) it has a 5cm antenna with a very lightweight coating and is activated by cutting a wire.

For species that can wear collars, please see our Pip collar range.

  • Attachment: Backpack, Tailmount, Necklace, Legmount
  • Sensing: Activity, Posture, Temperature
  • Start-up: Magnet or wire
  • Product Features

    • Strong signal strength for their size
    • Successfully used for decades
    • Choose Tag life versus Signal Strength
    • Many customisations possible to suit the vast array of wonderful small creatures you would like to track

  • Product Applications

    While GPS and other technologies reduce labour costs, there are times when those technologies simply don’t work.  For example, if animals do not get clear views of the sky then GPS locations may be infrequent or even unobtainable, or the data may not be transmitted far enough.  Moreover, most of our Pip and PicoPip tags are lighter than any GPS tag, allowing smaller species to be studied.

    VHF tags allow you to find the your tagged individual in the field which can be important, for example

    1. to be more exact about the habitat they are using, or find out exactly what they are doing there
    2. if trying to find a nesting bird,
    3. to find a freshly dead animal to establish cause of death
    4. or simply to find animals under cover.

    They are therefore ideal for looking at local home-range movements, survival and sociality.

    The traditional beeper VHF has advantages over coded VHF when tracking manually; you can tune to an individual frequency and not have interference from other tags, plus the tags pulse quicker which makes direction finding much easier.  Nevertheless, they can still be logged using our SRX receivers.

    VHF tags require a receiver and antenna to track the tag.


    Case Studies

    Ryder TB, McDonald DB, Blake JG, Parker PG, Loiselle BA. Social networks in the lek-mating wire-tailed manakin (Pipra filicauda). Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. 2008;275(1641):1367-1374. doi:10.1098/rspb.2008.0205.

    Davorin, T., Denac, D. (2011), Survival and development of predator avoidance in the post-fledging period of the Whinchat (Saxicola rubetra): consequences for conservation measures. Journal of Ornithology. doi:10.1007/s10336-011-0713-2.

    Radio-tracking an Emperor Dragonfly (Anax imperator)



  • Product Specifications

    Model Weight [1] (g) Life [2] (days) Size (LxWxH) (mm)
    PicoPip (Ag190) 0.20 4 12 x 5 x 2
    PicoPip (Ag337) 0.29 20 13 x 5 x 3
    Pip (Ag337) 0.35 20 13 x 7 x 4
    PicoPip (Ag317) 0.38 33 14 x 6 x 3
    Pip (Ag317) 0.42 33 14 x 7 x 4
    PicoPip (Ag379) 0.42 42 14 x 6 x 4
    Pip (Ag379) 0.47 42 14 x 7 x 4
    PicoPip (Ag376) 0.56 75 17 x 8 x 5
    Pip (Ag376) 0.7 75 17 x 8 x 5
    PicoPip (Ag392) 1 113 17 x 8 x 6
    Pip (Ag392) 1.1 113 17 x 8 x 6
    PipLL (Ag393) 1.4 217 24 x 9 x 7
    PipLL (Ag386) 2.2 346 32 x 13 x 7
    PipLL (Ag357) 4 365 32 x 12 x 7

    1. Minimum weight. Tags for some species require extra protection or range that can increase the weight.
    2. Maximum life based on pulse length 12 ms and pulse rate 30 pulses per minute at 25°C

    Models available in a variety of custom configurations. Please contact a Lotek Telemetry Specialist to discuss your needs.

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