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Table 1 Behaviours performed by cheetahs that were used to label accelerometer data

From: Categorising cheetah behaviour using tri-axial accelerometer data loggers: a comparison of model resolution and data logger performance

Behaviour Description Behaviour Description
Crouch Sedentary; ventral surface lowered to ground; feet parallel to body; forelimbs flexed Stalk—crouching Sedentary; crouched posture with head lowered, aligned with spine; attention focussed on lure
Lie Crouched posture with forelimbs straightened OR sedentary; lateral surface on ground; head upright Stalk—lying Sedentary; lying posture with head lowered, aligned with spine; attention focussed on lure
Sit Sedentary; posterior on ground; forelimbs straightened and anterior upright Stalk—sitting Sedentary; sitting posture with head lowered, parallel with or pointed towards ground; attention focussed on lure
Stand Sedentary; only feet in contact with ground; limbs straightened and animal upright Stalk—standing Sedentary; standing posture with head lowered, aligned with spine or pointed towards ground; attention focussed on lure
Walk Mobile; slow-paced movement; four-beat movement; all limbs move sequentially Stalk—walking Mobile; walking gait with head lowered, aligned with spine or pointed towards ground; attention focussed on lure
Flying Trot Mobile; slow-paced movement; two-beat movement; diagonals appear to move in tandem; suspension period between diagonal movements; forelimb raised before ipsilateral hind limb lands Stalk—trotting Mobile; trotting gait with head lowered, aligned with spine or pointed towards ground; attention focussed on lure
Canter Mobile; fast-paced; head and spine not aligned (head raised); asymmetric gait; three-beat movement (1-2-1); order = hind limb, diagonal limbs, forelimb Eating—crouching Sedentary; crouched posture whilst eating
Rotatory Gallop Mobile; fast-paced; head and spine aligned; four-beat movement; trunk flexion and extension occurs; two suspensions, one after the second hind limb is raised and one after the lead forelimb is raised; order = sequential hind limbs, extended suspension, sequential forelimbs, collected suspension Eating—lying Sedentary; lying posture whilst eating
Bite Head movement; Single movement of opening and closing mouth in an attempt to obtain food Sniffing—sitting Sedentary; sitting posture whilst sniffing
Eat Head movement; Processing food already in mouth Sniffing—standing Sedentary; standing posture whilst sniffing
Sniff Head movement; Head moves forward and upward whilst inhaling air through nose Pounce Single movement of an animal bounding off the ground in an attempt to catch the lure
  1. Movement gaits are displayed visually in Fig. 4