Barcelona Field Studies Centre

Kite Diagrams or Chart Maker

Our Kite Diagrams or Chart Maker creates a visual representation of changes in abundance and distribution of species along a transect. This gives a graphical summary in a way that is easy to see and assists in the analysis of the abiotic factors and biotic processes that affect an ecosystem.

Enter your species data and number of transect sampling points in the calculator below. Select the type of kite diagrams required (horizontal or vertical) and click the 'Calculate' button to create the kites. The 'Open Kite Diagrams' button will open the kites in a new window. Hover over the kite images to display the data. An image of the kite diagrams may be saved using the 'Download Image' button at the top of the page. The data used to construct them are displayed with the 'Print Data' button.

The 'Total Cover' button displays the percentage total species cover at each sampling point.

Each species may be individually labelled with the 'Label Species' button. The 'Customise' button enables the customising of your kite diagrams title, kite colours and the X-Axes range.

Species data entered are validated for a maximum of 100% total species at each sampling location. Transect distance data are validated to assist cumulative accuracy.

Kite Diagrams Creator


Create kite diagrams to display changes in species abundance and distribution along a transect











Kite Diagrams Species Distribution and Abundance Example
Percentage Total Species Cover Example