Echo Delay and Overlap with Emitted Orientation Sounds and Doppler-shift Compensation in the Bat, Rhinolophus ferrumequinum.
In: Journal of Comparative Physiology, Vol. 114, No. 1: pp. 103-114
The compensation of Doppler-shifts by the bat, Rhinolophusferrumequinum,
functions only when certain temporal relations between the echo
and the emitted orientation sound are given. Three echo configurations
a) Original orientation sounds were electronically Doppler-shifted and
played back either cut at the beginning (variable delay) or at the end (variable
duration) of the echo.
b) Artificial constant frequency echoes with variable delay or duration
were clamped to the frequency of the emitted orientation sound at different
c) The echoes were only partially Doppler-shifted and the Doppler-shifted
component began after variable delays or had variable durations.
With increasing delay or decreasing duration of the Doppler-shifted echo
the compensation amplitude for a sinusoidally modulated + 3 kHz Dopplershift
(modulation rate 0.08 Hz) decreases for all stimulus configurations
(Figs. 1, 2, 3).
The range of the Doppler-shift compensation system is therefore limited
by the delay due to acoustic travel time to about 4 m distance between
bat and target. In this range the overlap duration of the echo with the
emitted orientation sound is always sufficiently long, when compared with
data on the orientation pulse length during target approach from Schnitzler
(1968) (Fig. 5).