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Smart Bird ID

Smart Bird ID

Yellow Cardinal Inc.

Identify birds by image or sound. Share & View birds in your area. Play quizzes.

4.7 Ratings 10K+ Reviews 5K+ Downloads

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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!
  • May 12, 2021

    By Jessica Palmesi
    So far this app has been really interesting! I definitely recommend it for anyone interested in the birds around them! It's been very informative, with quick identification that seems pretty accurate. I only had one that didn't identify properly and it honestly wasn't a very good picture to start with. The quizzes are a fun addition too, and I enjoy the inclusion of the bird song ID.
  • 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.
  • Jun 9, 2021

    By Stanley Hall
    The app is doing what it is designed to do. The bird identification from a photo has been more hit than miss for me. I would like to see the ability to edit a saved bird to a list that was created. If for instance you identify a bird on a different day and got a better picture or different field notes. The ability to edit an entry is far better than having to delete the first entry from the list and start all over again. So far so good, I took the plunge and paid the $10 I don't regret it.
  • May 14, 2021

    By Diane Libby
    I've only had it for a day or so, but so far I think it's great! I purchased $2.99 Remove Ads almost immediately, and then splurged on the All-In-One for $9.99 after all, so I can explore all the features. I haven't gotten to try the photo-to-ID function yet, but I'm really impressed with how robust the app is so far. I'm an amateur birder and I expect this app to be a really helpful resource. I especially like the "My Birds" list so I can keep track of the birds I've seen and identified; it's fun to watch the list grow. The Quizzes are a cool feature for practicing identifications. Developer Michael is very friendly and responsive.
  • Spring Bird Story! Mar 12, 2021

    By 99chuck9999
    So I’ve had this app for awhile now and used it a bunch last summer while sitting on the porch to identify the neighborhood birds. Now that it is spring again, my little bird collection is growing as new flocks come in and over while they migrate. This morning I had a sweet little bird sitting right outside my office window chirping at me for hours. So I got curious and fired up my bird identification app! Of course I didn’t realize it was several updates behind - the app just kept crashing so I emailed for help. Michael was very patient with me emailing back and forth - but we eventually figured out what had occurred and I was at last able to identify my sweet little house swallow. Thanks for your help, Michael! I anticipate using this app a ton this spring and summer! I also absolutely love the birdsong library.
  • 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!
  • Jun 8, 2021

    By Michael Youngberg
    easy to use, pretty pictures, my new favorite birding app. Just realized it only lets me add one bird per day without paying... Probably worth it ($10). Biggest problem right now is that it seems to be missing birds that are very common in my area so I'll pay around some more before I decide to pay. -UPDATE: I found the birds i thought were missing, just needed to look in the "all birds" section, can't find them thru the question search, maybe I'm giving wrong answers.
  • What an amazing learning app with children & adults! May 28, 2021

    By yoginiLG
    I downloaded this app, hoping it could help identify some of our backyard birds. I was blown away at the fact that the app can also give more insight into the specific bird that is located. Appx distance and tells how many were heard. Then begins your log of your birds, and keeps the recording for you. As a mother of three sons, ages 9, 7 & 4 who want to know all these birds we see and hear in our yard... it’s SO much fun to do with them! And then, some kind of crazy magic happens and my boys are now reading ALL about birds. 🤩🤓 🦅 🐦 We are so excited to use it on our vacation next week to the Gulf of Mexico. On our hikes we love using this! ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️- 5 stars 100%!
  • May 23, 2021

    By Carol Mock
    Love the app, it helps identify the birds at my 91 year old mother's birdfeeder & back yard sanctuary. She has had a major stroke but enjoys watching the birds & listening 🎶 to their songs. The help ID has sent me info on some rarely seen birds for the area. Keep up the good work.
  • 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!
  • May 12, 2021

    By Jessica Palmesi
    So far this app has been really interesting! I definitely recommend it for anyone interested in the birds around them! It's been very informative, with quick identification that seems pretty accurate. I only had one that didn't identify properly and it honestly wasn't a very good picture to start with. The quizzes are a fun addition too, and I enjoy the inclusion of the bird song ID.
  • 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.
  • Jun 9, 2021

    By Stanley Hall
    The app is doing what it is designed to do. The bird identification from a photo has been more hit than miss for me. I would like to see the ability to edit a saved bird to a list that was created. If for instance you identify a bird on a different day and got a better picture or different field notes. The ability to edit an entry is far better than having to delete the first entry from the list and start all over again. So far so good, I took the plunge and paid the $10 I don't regret it.
  • May 14, 2021

    By Diane Libby
    I've only had it for a day or so, but so far I think it's great! I purchased $2.99 Remove Ads almost immediately, and then splurged on the All-In-One for $9.99 after all, so I can explore all the features. I haven't gotten to try the photo-to-ID function yet, but I'm really impressed with how robust the app is so far. I'm an amateur birder and I expect this app to be a really helpful resource. I especially like the "My Birds" list so I can keep track of the birds I've seen and identified; it's fun to watch the list grow. The Quizzes are a cool feature for practicing identifications. Developer Michael is very friendly and responsive.
  • Spring Bird Story! Mar 12, 2021

    By 99chuck9999
    So I’ve had this app for awhile now and used it a bunch last summer while sitting on the porch to identify the neighborhood birds. Now that it is spring again, my little bird collection is growing as new flocks come in and over while they migrate. This morning I had a sweet little bird sitting right outside my office window chirping at me for hours. So I got curious and fired up my bird identification app! Of course I didn’t realize it was several updates behind - the app just kept crashing so I emailed for help. Michael was very patient with me emailing back and forth - but we eventually figured out what had occurred and I was at last able to identify my sweet little house swallow. Thanks for your help, Michael! I anticipate using this app a ton this spring and summer! I also absolutely love the birdsong library.
  • 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!
  • Jun 8, 2021

    By Michael Youngberg
    easy to use, pretty pictures, my new favorite birding app. Just realized it only lets me add one bird per day without paying... Probably worth it ($10). Biggest problem right now is that it seems to be missing birds that are very common in my area so I'll pay around some more before I decide to pay. -UPDATE: I found the birds i thought were missing, just needed to look in the "all birds" section, can't find them thru the question search, maybe I'm giving wrong answers.
  • What an amazing learning app with children & adults! May 28, 2021

    By yoginiLG
    I downloaded this app, hoping it could help identify some of our backyard birds. I was blown away at the fact that the app can also give more insight into the specific bird that is located. Appx distance and tells how many were heard. Then begins your log of your birds, and keeps the recording for you. As a mother of three sons, ages 9, 7 & 4 who want to know all these birds we see and hear in our yard... it’s SO much fun to do with them! And then, some kind of crazy magic happens and my boys are now reading ALL about birds. 🤩🤓 🦅 🐦 We are so excited to use it on our vacation next week to the Gulf of Mexico. On our hikes we love using this! ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️- 5 stars 100%!
  • May 23, 2021

    By Carol Mock
    Love the app, it helps identify the birds at my 91 year old mother's birdfeeder & back yard sanctuary. She has had a major stroke but enjoys watching the birds & listening 🎶 to their songs. The help ID has sent me info on some rarely seen birds for the area. Keep up the good work.
  • Jun 25, 2021

    By L Kirkland
    I just installed this and there only birds others identified. No tutorial. I want to know where I record the bird singing outside the window (which I can't see) & I have no idea how to do it. (Update) Ok, here's what happened: When the app first opened & I saw the icons at the bottom, I figured the binoculars were for taking a pic for ID. So I couldn't figure out how to record the song. Your response tells me to click on song ID. However, that is not on the screen when the app opens.
  • 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.
  • Jun 23, 2021

    By Todd Barrow
    Photo ID is terrible. You can literally screenshot the photos from this app and plug them into the photo ID and they get it wrong. The song ID has never worked either.
  • May 31, 2021

    By Shawn Smith-Ford
    First time i tried to use it with live camera it crashed. Second time same. There was no third try

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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!
  • May 12, 2021

    By Jessica Palmesi
    So far this app has been really interesting! I definitely recommend it for anyone interested in the birds around them! It's been very informative, with quick identification that seems pretty accurate. I only had one that didn't identify properly and it honestly wasn't a very good picture to start with. The quizzes are a fun addition too, and I enjoy the inclusion of the bird song ID.
  • 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.
  • Jun 9, 2021

    By Stanley Hall
    The app is doing what it is designed to do. The bird identification from a photo has been more hit than miss for me. I would like to see the ability to edit a saved bird to a list that was created. If for instance you identify a bird on a different day and got a better picture or different field notes. The ability to edit an entry is far better than having to delete the first entry from the list and start all over again. So far so good, I took the plunge and paid the $10 I don't regret it.
  • May 14, 2021

    By Diane Libby
    I've only had it for a day or so, but so far I think it's great! I purchased $2.99 Remove Ads almost immediately, and then splurged on the All-In-One for $9.99 after all, so I can explore all the features. I haven't gotten to try the photo-to-ID function yet, but I'm really impressed with how robust the app is so far. I'm an amateur birder and I expect this app to be a really helpful resource. I especially like the "My Birds" list so I can keep track of the birds I've seen and identified; it's fun to watch the list grow. The Quizzes are a cool feature for practicing identifications. Developer Michael is very friendly and responsive.
  • Spring Bird Story! Mar 12, 2021

    By 99chuck9999
    So I’ve had this app for awhile now and used it a bunch last summer while sitting on the porch to identify the neighborhood birds. Now that it is spring again, my little bird collection is growing as new flocks come in and over while they migrate. This morning I had a sweet little bird sitting right outside my office window chirping at me for hours. So I got curious and fired up my bird identification app! Of course I didn’t realize it was several updates behind - the app just kept crashing so I emailed for help. Michael was very patient with me emailing back and forth - but we eventually figured out what had occurred and I was at last able to identify my sweet little house swallow. Thanks for your help, Michael! I anticipate using this app a ton this spring and summer! I also absolutely love the birdsong library.
  • Jun 8, 2021

    By Michael Youngberg
    easy to use, pretty pictures, my new favorite birding app. Just realized it only lets me add one bird per day without paying... Probably worth it ($10). Biggest problem right now is that it seems to be missing birds that are very common in my area so I'll pay around some more before I decide to pay. -UPDATE: I found the birds i thought were missing, just needed to look in the "all birds" section, can't find them thru the question search, maybe I'm giving wrong answers.
  • What an amazing learning app with children & adults! May 28, 2021

    By yoginiLG
    I downloaded this app, hoping it could help identify some of our backyard birds. I was blown away at the fact that the app can also give more insight into the specific bird that is located. Appx distance and tells how many were heard. Then begins your log of your birds, and keeps the recording for you. As a mother of three sons, ages 9, 7 & 4 who want to know all these birds we see and hear in our yard... it’s SO much fun to do with them! And then, some kind of crazy magic happens and my boys are now reading ALL about birds. 🤩🤓 🦅 🐦 We are so excited to use it on our vacation next week to the Gulf of Mexico. On our hikes we love using this! ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️- 5 stars 100%!
  • May 21, 2021

    By marco baroch
    A great app to help identify birds while out in the field. Easy to use and an overall positive experience which I have made my go to resource for bird identification
  • May 19, 2021

    By Tina Prevost
    Absolutely love this app. My grandchildren and I love bird watching and this app has given us the opportunity to learn the names and songs of the birds
  • 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!
  • May 23, 2021

    By Carol Mock
    Love the app, it helps identify the birds at my 91 year old mother's birdfeeder & back yard sanctuary. She has had a major stroke but enjoys watching the birds & listening 🎶 to their songs. The help ID has sent me info on some rarely seen birds for the area. Keep up the good work.
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • 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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  • Jun 25, 2021

    By L Kirkland
    I just installed this and there only birds others identified. No tutorial. I want to know where I record the bird singing outside the window (which I can't see) & I have no idea how to do it. (Update) Ok, here's what happened: When the app first opened & I saw the icons at the bottom, I figured the binoculars were for taking a pic for ID. So I couldn't figure out how to record the song. Your response tells me to click on song ID. However, that is not on the screen when the app opens.
  • 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.
  • Jun 23, 2021

    By Todd Barrow
    Photo ID is terrible. You can literally screenshot the photos from this app and plug them into the photo ID and they get it wrong. The song ID has never worked either.
  • May 31, 2021

    By Shawn Smith-Ford
    First time i tried to use it with live camera it crashed. Second time same. There was no third try

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