Birds are the animals that many people want to have as a pet. Birds in the natural habitat look amazing to watch. Many take it as a hobby to watch birds in the wild and they are known as birders or bird watchers.
At present roughly there are more than 10,000 species of birds in the nature. To remember most of their names it is almost impossible. And identify them in the woods you will need to know distinguish characters of that bird. Remembering all the features of a bird like feather color, design, tail, plumage is difficult. So, a bird identification app can do the magic by helping you identify birds that you have seen for the first time.
Different bird identification applications can be used in different ways. Some can be used to see pictures of birds, listen bird’s sounds and some applications provide all the descriptions of a bird.[toc]
Best Bird Identification Apps by Picture
These apps help you to identify new birds as soon as you upload a picture of it. Using AI they can read through all the details of the photo and brings you the nearest matching bird.
Merlin Bird ID
Available in both Android and Apple version, this app is built by Cornell Lab of Ornithology for bird watchers.
This app has a database of about 40,000 bird pictures and bird packs for United States, Canada, Central America, Mexico, Britain, Ireland, Western Europe, Australia, Asia. Bird packs contain photos, songs and calls, and identification help for many regions as mentioned above.
Regional packs covering particular region of a country are also available for United States, Canada and Mexico.
Merlin Bird ID app also works when you answer a few questions related to the bird that you have just seen. After you have put your questions, Merlin gives you the list of birds best match your description. From there, you can go on finding photos, sounds, calls of the bird for more pieces of information. Your phone’s GPS helps to give you the accurate bird ID based on the data available about a particular bird found at that location.
Audubon Bird Guide
This app has no such AI powered feature to identify birds from photos. But, it has great collection of photos and sounds of North American birds. A total of 800 species of North American birds can be found in the app’s database.
You can keep track of the birds that you see using the redesigned sightings feature of the app.
To identify a bird enter the bird size, color, tail details and the Audubon Bird Guide app will show you the possible matches from location information, date of seen uploaded by other Audubon users.
Audubon helps to make friends with other birders of North America. This way you can join bird watching camps happening around the different states of the United States.
As the name suggests it has an app in purchase feature where you pay a minimal fee to active “Bird Photo Sleuth” feature. This enables us to identify birds from photos using the AI system that finds the most accurate list of birds matched with your photo.
Currently, iBird Pro is available for North America, UK.
One advantage of iBird Pro over other birding apps is that it provides both photos and illustrations of the birds found in a particular area. And illustrations are of high quality.
A total of 4000 bird’s songs and calls are available in the app database.
Best Bird Identification App by Sound
Apps which can let you to find bird ID using their sound, call recorded in the wild. Unlike photographs, sound of birds need to be clear to get recognized by the system.
Bird Song Id USA
Same as Merlin Bird ID app, Bird song ID USA app uses AI to recognize any bird’s song and presents the best matching bird ID.
Point the microphone of the mobile towards the bird and record it at least for 30 seconds. It is found that this app gives about 85% of the birds IDs correct.
The AI is still learning and as time passing more sound samples will be added, in future it will give more accurate results.
Bird field guide Apps
Birding Apps which can be used in field as a guide to identify birds. It is worth to carry an app rather than a heavy guide book which hard to carry and search a particular information.
Collins Bird Guide
Collins Bird Guide App has covered 700 European species of birds. The collection includes 3500+ illustrations, concise texts, maps, 750 calls, and songs.
It also shows bird species name in 18 languages.
You can also record sighting date, location in a beautifully designed interface.
Built by a birder for birder. Simple design and easy to navigate. The most interesting part of this app is that you can use anywhere in the world as it is built for all locations.
A total of 8600 species of birds are covered with 10,000+ high-resolution pictures, 150,000 bird songs, and calls. GoBird also provides information about the sighting location on the map.
BirdID is an interactive app. You can play quizzes at the same time learn about birds. At present, it supports more than 30 different languages. The app database has information about 380 Western Palearctic bird species and they are willing to add more in future updates.
Australian Bird Identification App
Australia is one of the most biologically diverse country and it is rich in diverse wildlife. It is home to about 900 species of birds. Identifying all these birds is not easy without a help. Bird identification apps can make this task lot easier for birders.
Morcombe’s Birds of Australia
This app is gem for Australian birder, it gives access to Michael Morcombe’s ‘Field Guide to Australian Birds’ which describes about 800 species of birds found in Australia. It also includes over 3000 high quality illustrations and drawings of birds.
And about 1800 sounds of birds.
To identify a bird you need to go through drawings and descriptions provided for each bird. Search feature which lets you find bird ID by searching a particular characteristic is also enabled in the app.