New technology gives wing to analysis of bird population

Victoria University has developed computer software that can quickly analyse sound recordings and calculate an abundance of birds.

The researchers have tested it out on little spotted kiwi calls at Wellington's Zealandia.

Professor Stephen Marsland, who created the software, said it had implications for conservation research and pest management.

"The software would allow us to monitor the health of bird populations without affecting their behaviours," he said.

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