Type of publication:
Type of document:
Janisch, J; Mitoyen, C; Perinot, E; Spezie, G; Fusani, L; Quigley, C
Video recording and analysis of avian movements and behaviour: insights from courtship case studies.
Integr Comp Biol. 2021; 61(4):1378-1393
Authors Vetmeduni Vienna:
Vetmed Research Units
Konrad Lorenz Institute of Ethology
Konrad Lorenz Institute of Ethology, Unit of Ornithology
- Video recordings are useful tools for advancing our understanding of animal movements and behavior. Over the past decades, a burgeoning area of behavioral research has put forward innovative methods to investigate animal movement using video analysis, which includes motion capture and machine learning algorithms. These tools are particularly valuable for the study of elaborate and complex motor behaviors, but can be challenging to use. We focus in particular on elaborate courtship displays, which commonly involve rapid and/or subtle motor patterns. Here, we review currently available tools and provide hands-on guidelines for implementing these techniques in the study of avian model species. First, we suggest a set of possible strategies and solutions for video acquisition based on different model systems, environmental conditions, and time or financial budget. We then outline the available options for video analysis and illustrate how different analytical tools can be chosen to draw inference about animal motor performance. Finally, a detailed case study describes how these guidelines have been implemented to study courtship behavior in golden-collared manakins (Manacus vitellinus).© The Author(s) 2021. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology.