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🦅 R package to download bird tracking data from UvA-BiTS
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This package is not ready for use! It was previously called BirdTrackingEtl and used exclusively to process UvA-BiTS data for INBO researchers (see release and vignette for that version). We are now expanding its functionality for more general use by UvA-BiTS users. Want to contribute? Check out our contributing guidelines.

uvabits provides an R interface to the UvA-BiTS database, which stores bird movement data collected with UvA-BiTS GPS trackers. The package provides functionality to download data and metadata, calculate some metrics, and load the data into a query-optimized SQLite database for local analysis. It also allows to download the data in a format that can easily be uploaded to Movebank, a free online database for animal tracking data.


You can install uvabits from GitHub with:

# install.packages("devtools")

Then load the package with:



  • We welcome contributions including bug reports.
  • License: MIT
  • Get citation information for uvabits in R doing citation("uvabits").
  • Please note that this project is released with a Contributor Code of Conduct. By participating in this project you agree to abide by its terms.
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