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Smart Bird ID

Smart Bird ID

Yellow Cardinal Inc.

Identify birds instantly by sound (song ID) or by image (video or photo ID).

4.7 Ratings 9K+ Reviews 1K+ Downloads

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4.7
9.1K+ Ratings
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  • I Think I May Be A Birder Now Jun 11, 2020

    By Tomb915
    I’ve never been interested in birds really. But sitting outside on my deck this summer I kept hearing a bird that had a unique call unlike most I hear in my back yard. I said to my family, “Wouldn’t it be cool if there was an app like Shazam but for bird songs to help identify the species?” Next thing you know I’m in the Apple store buying this app! The next time I heard that bird I quickly whipped out the app and used the search feature with sound recording. It positively identified it as a California Quail (a bird I am familiar with but not the song/call apparently). In the app I played the male California Quail call and this bird left his perch from my neighbors tree and flew aggressively right at me! I think he was planning to take me on until he got a little closer and realized I was a bit bigger than him! He perched in the other neighbor’s tree and resumed his song. I went inside and had my daughter come out to see if it was just a fluke or what. I played the male call again and sure enough he left his perch and flew to our roof top just over the deck where we were standing and peeked over at us to be sure we weren’t another male quail invading his territory. Then he flew off. Super cool experience! Super cool app!
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  • Apr 3, 2021

    By D.Allen Coste
    Purchased the fully functioning version (no restrictions), however I have yet to hear any bird calls. Selecting every option produces only silence (yes, my volume is on). Videos and images are stunning in their detail. An abundance of information is provided on each species. This would be a 5 star rating if the calls were working. Edit: Upgraded to 5 stars. I had a video cast to mt flat screen on pause that appears to have interfered with the audio output.
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  • Goodbye Books! Nov 6, 2020

    By Smokeydog1957
    Fabulous app for a novice or seasoned bird watcher! For years, my husband and I have been searching through books trying to identify birds. No more! I even used a picture of a bird that my husband took last year to identify it. Amazing, had it within 10 seconds. Then I took my phone onto the deck to identify what bird the beautiful song was coming from, and bingo, just a few seconds and I had it. We have a number of bird feeders, and all I need to do is aim my camera on my phone at a bird, and within seconds I know what kind of “customers” are calling. As an added bonus, the yearly subscription was 50% off! For $10, I no longer need to frantically page through bird books, trying to remember every detail of a bird, and arguing with my husband as to what it is! Great app, great price and great timesaver! I highly recommend it.
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  • Apr 1, 2021

    By Stephanie Holmberg
    This app is super helpful for identifying birds. I'm new to birding and it's exciting to learn about the birds I'm spotting.
  • Mar 6, 2021

    By Erin Chervenock
    This app is the best! I'm an amateur birder, and being able to not only view birds, but listen to their song to identify them is really cool! I had a small issue, but once I uninstalled and reinstalled the app, it resolved, and the developer, Michael, was super responsive. Worth the $13.99 for all the features!
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  • Worthless for song ID’s May 17, 2020

    By trefoiles
    If the developer would like me to purchase the ad free version it would help if it would correctly ID a bird ! I started my test with a Northern Cardinal whose call I knew. To be able to start a recording I had to listen to a 30 second commercial. Of course the bird had stopped singing by the time the commercial was finished. So I tried again and after another 30 seconds the matches were first a starling, next an American goldfinch and best of all a male mallard. When I selected one of the “matches” I got a screen with several calls, songs and some other choices. After playing the first call which did not match at all I tried to select another. I would only be able to listen to another listed call if I purchased it or listened to another 30 second commercial. Of course, I could not reject the choice I made and choose another without starting over. Needless to say I will not purchase the ad free version and will delete the App.
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  • Lost my bird to an ad :( Aug 11, 2020

    By Sgtickles
    I was super excited about this app as I’ve had a bird hanging out in the trees of my front yard and have been dying to know what it is. After a week of watching, I FINALLY got a chance to get a good pic for an ID and when I opened the app to use it, I got a prompt to watch a 30 second ad instead. Of course, in bird watching, 30 seconds is a life time and I lost my glorious moment. I understand the need to make money to support the ad, but could it at least been done after the ID and before giving me the results so I don’t lose the opportunity to capture the image? I was so sad and disappointed. I’m deleting the app. Too bad because I feel like it would have been awesome to use.
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  • They changed their practices. Trying to stick it to the man. Mar 27, 2021

    By Zigmisterman
    I put down $30 to get access to the library for a full year. I thought that was steep but the ratings were high, so I went with it. I initially used it last year a few times a month. It was fun novelty. Now it’s spring and as I hear more birds I’ve reverted back to trying to use the app. But now I have all of these prompts for up-charges. “You’ve already identified one bird today. Close or visit the App Store for an upgrade or listen to an ad.” One chirp ID wasn’t what I signed up for, Missy. And I’m not listening to one of your ads in the peaceful wild when I’ve already paid up for access to a data base. This Birder is too greedy for me.
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  • Cannot correctly ID bird calls Jun 21, 2020

    By limnogal
    I was excited to try this app today to identify birds in the forest. I have Merlin ID, which works well, but it takes too long to find bird calls on the fly (pardon the pun). Once the leaves are out, it is too difficult to ID by sight. I know a fair number of calls and quickly realized that the app could not identify any of them. Pretty much everything came back as a morning dove. Decided to experiment and played known calls from my Merlin app and recorded them here. It got the mourning dove right, but ID’d the northern rough winged swallow as a carolina wren, the yellow billed cuckoo as a pigeon or hermit thrush and a pileated woodpecker as a blue jay. So pretty much useless for call ID. I like the quiz feature though, and will keep it for that.
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  • 0 of 7 identified Nov 20, 2020

    By 74hodag
    I’ve attempted to identify several birds mostly by song. Each song identified as a chickadee. A blue heron sounds nothing like a chickadee, neither does a Sandhill crane. I checked everything to make sure I was doing it correctly and everything was still coming up as a chickadee. I was really attempting to identify a bird I heard squawking out on the lake at night. In all the years I’ve lived here I’ve never heard it before. And what did it identify this squawking bird as??? A chickadee. A flipping chickadee! Ok, so I tried again and again and again. I stood outside recording until I was almost frozen solid. It never gave anything other than a chickadee. Wonderful.
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  • I Think I May Be A Birder Now Jun 11, 2020

    By Tomb915
    I’ve never been interested in birds really. But sitting outside on my deck this summer I kept hearing a bird that had a unique call unlike most I hear in my back yard. I said to my family, “Wouldn’t it be cool if there was an app like Shazam but for bird songs to help identify the species?” Next thing you know I’m in the Apple store buying this app! The next time I heard that bird I quickly whipped out the app and used the search feature with sound recording. It positively identified it as a California Quail (a bird I am familiar with but not the song/call apparently). In the app I played the male California Quail call and this bird left his perch from my neighbors tree and flew aggressively right at me! I think he was planning to take me on until he got a little closer and realized I was a bit bigger than him! He perched in the other neighbor’s tree and resumed his song. I went inside and had my daughter come out to see if it was just a fluke or what. I played the male call again and sure enough he left his perch and flew to our roof top just over the deck where we were standing and peeked over at us to be sure we weren’t another male quail invading his territory. Then he flew off. Super cool experience! Super cool app!
    more
  • Apr 3, 2021

    By D.Allen Coste
    Purchased the fully functioning version (no restrictions), however I have yet to hear any bird calls. Selecting every option produces only silence (yes, my volume is on). Videos and images are stunning in their detail. An abundance of information is provided on each species. This would be a 5 star rating if the calls were working. Edit: Upgraded to 5 stars. I had a video cast to mt flat screen on pause that appears to have interfered with the audio output.
    more
  • Goodbye Books! Nov 6, 2020

    By Smokeydog1957
    Fabulous app for a novice or seasoned bird watcher! For years, my husband and I have been searching through books trying to identify birds. No more! I even used a picture of a bird that my husband took last year to identify it. Amazing, had it within 10 seconds. Then I took my phone onto the deck to identify what bird the beautiful song was coming from, and bingo, just a few seconds and I had it. We have a number of bird feeders, and all I need to do is aim my camera on my phone at a bird, and within seconds I know what kind of “customers” are calling. As an added bonus, the yearly subscription was 50% off! For $10, I no longer need to frantically page through bird books, trying to remember every detail of a bird, and arguing with my husband as to what it is! Great app, great price and great timesaver! I highly recommend it.
    more
  • Apr 1, 2021

    By Stephanie Holmberg
    This app is super helpful for identifying birds. I'm new to birding and it's exciting to learn about the birds I'm spotting.
  • Mar 6, 2021

    By Erin Chervenock
    This app is the best! I'm an amateur birder, and being able to not only view birds, but listen to their song to identify them is really cool! I had a small issue, but once I uninstalled and reinstalled the app, it resolved, and the developer, Michael, was super responsive. Worth the $13.99 for all the features!
    more
  • Best bird app I’ve used May 1, 2020

    By Pegglesworth048272
    This is a pretty great birding app. I really love the ID by song feature. I haven’t had much luck with the ID by image feature unfortunately. This app is one of the few I’m more than happy to make a purchase to stop ads and gain more content. The quizzes are an excellent learning tool! Any time I’ve emailed the dev, he has almost immediately responded, which has been super awesome. I would give it 5 stars except there are occasionally times when the app is a bit weird, like when trying to play a bird song or call. I have phone sound on and volume up and hit play and the play button disappears but no sound is played. Restarting the app usually seems to resolve this. No major issues with the app, just minor annoyances. I’m still very glad and appreciative of the time and effort put into making this app and would certainly recommend it to anyone interested in birding!
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  • Multiple Birds Feb 16, 2020

    By h8hackers
    There’s multiple birds in my yard & I wanted to know which ones. I had to screenshot to save to show the neighbors since we feed them. But when I go to confirm a bird, it only lets me confirm one of six that are in my area. I can’t go back & look at all the birds & their calls, etc. You’d think if it confirmed several birds, that when I stopped the recording, I’d be able to go & scroll through all of them, but nope & that’s disappointing! Otherwise I’d give you 5 stars! If you could find a way to fix that eg: so ppl know that there’s starlings in my back yard & they’re a pain, others might want to know their location bcz of how destructive they are to other nesting birds! Please try & fix this & save all of the birds that it has recognized & we can go back & add each one & not just look at the ‘one’ we accepted! Thank You in Advance esp if you’re able to modify the app to do this!
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  • Compared to similar apps - this one offers more Jun 20, 2020

    By skfhfenwnzicovndnwozjxdffff
    So much good about this app. I tested plenty of others. A few highlights: by sound the app suggests the bird you are hearing and the % of liklihood. You can also take a picture and the app helps identify the bird. Search by bird name (lots of good info), search by location. The social network allows you to see other (real) people’s sightings in your area - and you can track your findings! My favorite feature is the ability to listen to the various sounds of various birds. And this app has more sounds than other apps. My only dislike is the inability to copy and paste info on the birds. I’d like to easily add notes to my journal by doing so. Excellent app that functions well. The free trial helps you know what level you want to pay for. And for what you get, the price is low. Great app!
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  • Solid app Jul 25, 2020

    By Brittski8
    So far I do like this app, even though I’ve had an app on my phone for birding that I do love! It’s always good to have another. I do love how you can take quizzes too. I have yet to try the identifying parts but look forward to doing that. However, the downside, as people have mentioned, are definitely the ads. I was attempting to take one of the quizzes but every five questions it stops to play a 30 or 15 second ad which is annoying. I know you have to expect that with a free app but 30 seconds is a long time. Plus one of the ads wouldn’t let me exit out so I had to exit the app so now I will have to start the quiz all over again. Overall, seems like a decent app and I look forward to exploring it more and hopefully will be successful in taking future quizzes!
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  • Isn’t accurate much of the time... May 4, 2020

    By Wine Steward
    Much of the time the app vacillates between three birds and none of them is correct. Moreover, when you want to listen to the default song for whatever it comes up with it says you have no internet connection. Then if that problem goes away, you can’t hear the sample song because it doesn’t play through the speakers! Frankly pathetic. I can do better listening to a song and going through another app full of songs per bird and narrowing it down that way. UPDATE: The internet connection message seems to have resolved AND sounds now play through the speakers. Making progress!
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  • Jan 27, 2021

    By Jaquetta Tomasello
    I just installed it after learning about it. Eager to use it as I LOVE BIRDS!!! I think this is one of THE BEST app ideas ever!as I've not used it yet in staying neutral until I can give a better and truthful review. Thank you for this app, ttys! 😀🙋‍♀️
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  • Ok but not great Jan 31, 2021

    By Jennzilla2
    Of the many birds in my yard, this app was only able to correctly identify two of them. I tried the camera rout but birds being birds, they didn’t sit still long enough to get great identification. I tried taking photos of the birds and using that rout next. Only the clearest, close up got a very close correct id. There is another app out there that is free and no ads that is considerably better at identifying all kinds of organisms. They don’t have the quizzes or the song id things though. I’m not a big fan of watching ads and not a fan of having to pay but I understand the need for that stuff.
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  • Song ID Needs Work Jul 11, 2020

    By Ely the Cat
    I’ve been using this app for several weeks now. I was particularly interested in using the Song I.D. Feature to identify several birds that I haven’t been able to spot by their songs. The app identifies nearly everything as either a Western Meadowlark, a Brown Thrasher, or a Carolina Wren, which I know for a fact they are definitely not (I know what their songs sound like). Just for fun, I recorded an Orchard Oriole that was in my sight and it came back as...you guessed it - a Western Meadowlark. Oh well - maybe it’ll get better over time.
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  • Love the App! Apr 30, 2020

    By Flady20
    I just found out about this App and I love it! However, there are two issues.... There are more and more Ads in-between each recording or pics we take and birds don’t wait! By the time the Ad ends, the bird(s) is gone!! Also, it doesn’t save the picture/name of the bird either in the phone or in the App by itself. So, I had to do it again to screenshot it but by then, the bird had flown off!😕The App still needs improvement and a lot less Ads to be earning a 5star....
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  • Mediocre application Jun 7, 2020

    By KRC55
    The free version is worthless. The adds will hang the application. The paid version photo ID gets you close to potential birds you can review and choose from. Additional information requires additional monies or a subscription to the software to help confirm identity. I have had better luck with the audio but even that is limited. Would not recommend this application for general use.
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  • Lost my bird to an ad :( Aug 11, 2020

    By Sgtickles
    I was super excited about this app as I’ve had a bird hanging out in the trees of my front yard and have been dying to know what it is. After a week of watching, I FINALLY got a chance to get a good pic for an ID and when I opened the app to use it, I got a prompt to watch a 30 second ad instead. Of course, in bird watching, 30 seconds is a life time and I lost my glorious moment. I understand the need to make money to support the ad, but could it at least been done after the ID and before giving me the results so I don’t lose the opportunity to capture the image? I was so sad and disappointed. I’m deleting the app. Too bad because I feel like it would have been awesome to use.
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  • They changed their practices. Trying to stick it to the man. Mar 27, 2021

    By Zigmisterman
    I put down $30 to get access to the library for a full year. I thought that was steep but the ratings were high, so I went with it. I initially used it last year a few times a month. It was fun novelty. Now it’s spring and as I hear more birds I’ve reverted back to trying to use the app. But now I have all of these prompts for up-charges. “You’ve already identified one bird today. Close or visit the App Store for an upgrade or listen to an ad.” One chirp ID wasn’t what I signed up for, Missy. And I’m not listening to one of your ads in the peaceful wild when I’ve already paid up for access to a data base. This Birder is too greedy for me.
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  • BUMMED! Requires up-to-date IOS for iPhone. Jun 14, 2020

    By NickyGoodstix
    It would be a great service to potential buyers if the app description said which OS the app is compatible with! This app looked so promising for someone just getting into birding. The feature I was excited about was song ID. So I purchased and started it up to catch the song of a bird obscured by vegetation in my yard. Only then did I find out that this feature would require me to upgrade to IOS 13. I have n older phone nd past experience has taught me not to upgrade past a certain point or my phone would bog down and misbehave. Is there a refund policy?
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  • Don’t bother with this junk. Jan 29, 2021

    By ljlinhnl
    Showed numerous photos that I have taken with quality cameras. APP had about 25% accuracy! Several photos of male and female Gila Woodpeckers. Didn’t even show them as a possibility, and I downloaded the regional version where they are very common. Identified one very clear photo of a Northern Cardinal as a tanager! With the free version you have to wait for ads to play, many of which take 30 seconds. This APP is almost useless, unless one wants to scroll through their unclassified photos. Do yourself a favor and buy a bird book, because this thing is junk!
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  • It might be ok if.... Jul 18, 2020

    By Eplump
    This app has potential, but I can’t get it to work properly. If I wanted to pay to remove ads, it would most likely be a 4-5 star app. To get ANY identification (via song or image) you have to watch a 30 second ad. By the time the ad is done and you get to the identification process, the bird is gone. A couple of the ads have the X to close them in a spot on my phone that doesn’t work, so you have to close the app out entirely. Then start the ad watching process again. So, if I decide to money, I will update this review.
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  • Worthless for song ID’s May 17, 2020

    By trefoiles
    If the developer would like me to purchase the ad free version it would help if it would correctly ID a bird ! I started my test with a Northern Cardinal whose call I knew. To be able to start a recording I had to listen to a 30 second commercial. Of course the bird had stopped singing by the time the commercial was finished. So I tried again and after another 30 seconds the matches were first a starling, next an American goldfinch and best of all a male mallard. When I selected one of the “matches” I got a screen with several calls, songs and some other choices. After playing the first call which did not match at all I tried to select another. I would only be able to listen to another listed call if I purchased it or listened to another 30 second commercial. Of course, I could not reject the choice I made and choose another without starting over. Needless to say I will not purchase the ad free version and will delete the App.
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  • Cannot correctly ID bird calls Jun 21, 2020

    By limnogal
    I was excited to try this app today to identify birds in the forest. I have Merlin ID, which works well, but it takes too long to find bird calls on the fly (pardon the pun). Once the leaves are out, it is too difficult to ID by sight. I know a fair number of calls and quickly realized that the app could not identify any of them. Pretty much everything came back as a morning dove. Decided to experiment and played known calls from my Merlin app and recorded them here. It got the mourning dove right, but ID’d the northern rough winged swallow as a carolina wren, the yellow billed cuckoo as a pigeon or hermit thrush and a pileated woodpecker as a blue jay. So pretty much useless for call ID. I like the quiz feature though, and will keep it for that.
    more
  • 0 of 7 identified Nov 20, 2020

    By 74hodag
    I’ve attempted to identify several birds mostly by song. Each song identified as a chickadee. A blue heron sounds nothing like a chickadee, neither does a Sandhill crane. I checked everything to make sure I was doing it correctly and everything was still coming up as a chickadee. I was really attempting to identify a bird I heard squawking out on the lake at night. In all the years I’ve lived here I’ve never heard it before. And what did it identify this squawking bird as??? A chickadee. A flipping chickadee! Ok, so I tried again and again and again. I stood outside recording until I was almost frozen solid. It never gave anything other than a chickadee. Wonderful.
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  • Didn’t work most of the time Mar 10, 2021

    By Hellokittywhite6
    I’ve tried using this app 3 times to help identify the birds in my backyard by sound. The first time, it couldn’t pick anything up. The second time, it wanted me to watch an ad. Ok, whatever. But then it continually looped saying I had to watch another ad and another to actually use that feature. By that point, the birds were gone. My third time I opened the app it automatically had me watch an ad. Ok, well the sound from the ad startled the birds away so nevermind, I guess. Seriously, if you want people to pay for this service, actually show it working, like, once.
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  • Laughable ID’s Mar 6, 2021

    By beeguy53
    After dutifully buying upgrades to eliminate ads and again to let me store multiple ID’s I hoped to learn a lot about the local birds. What I got was almost humorous. Based on pics and recordings on the app I think, based on mic input, I may have gotten 1 or 2 correct IDs and a whole bunch of ridiculous suggestions that were clearly erroneous. Results like Mallards, Crows, Eagles, Sparrows and Robins with a high % of probability (even up to 100) when the song was clearly something far different. Sorry, the concept is good, some nice info and pics on here but the app needs some serious refinement.
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