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1 July 2001 THE VELOCI-RAPTOR: A BICYCLE-POWERED MODEL RAPTOR FOR REALISTIC PREDATOR ENCOUNTER EXPERIMENTS
James G. Burns, Sharilynn L. Wardrop
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Raptor attacks in the wild can be difficult to observe and impossible to manipulate in a repeatable manner. We have developed a bicycle-driven model raptor (“Veloci-Raptor”) to test prey responses to raptor attacks. Previous researchers have used wind-up toy birds or gravity-driven model raptors, which typically have low maximum velocities and often require cumbersome equipment. Our method's combination of portability, flexibility, and high maximum speed (19.4 m/s) make it superior to previous methods in many field situations.

James G. Burns and Sharilynn L. Wardrop "THE VELOCI-RAPTOR: A BICYCLE-POWERED MODEL RAPTOR FOR REALISTIC PREDATOR ENCOUNTER EXPERIMENTS," Journal of Field Ornithology 72(3), 399-403, (1 July 2001). https://doi.org/10.1648/0273-8570-72.3.399
Received: 8 August 2000; Accepted: 1 November 2000; Published: 1 July 2001
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