BirdGenie East

Record | Identify | Discover

android1 ios

Birdgenie West

Record | Identify | Discover

ios android1

BirdGenie™

BirdGenie™ is a remarkable app that enables anyone with a supported Apple® or Android® smartphone or tablet to identify birds in the backyard, at the local park, or on the nature trail–all with the tap of a button! It’s like Shazam® for nature–just hold up your phone, record the bird singing, and BirdGenie tells you what bird it is!

Learn More

East & West

There are two versions of BirdGenie™ that each identify the 65 most common species of land birds in the Eastern and in the Western US. The birds included in each of these apps are listed here, or you can see them all with the Birds screen in BirdGenie™. We chose these birds based on how regularly they occur, how frequently they sing, and how conspicuous their songs are. The 65 species we chose will probably account for 90% of the sounds typically heard in an area.  For example, in the East, Carolina Wren is included because it is common, vocal, and loud! Brown Creeper is not included because it is less common, vocalizes less frequently, and has a subtle, high call that many may find difficult to notice and record.

Record

Tap anywhere on BirdGenie’s™ opening screen to record a bird sound: our Pre-Record feature means you’ll never miss the start of the song.

Google-Play-Button-2012

%

Match

Tap again at the end of the song and BirdGenie™ immediately analyzes and identifies the bird from its extensive onboard library–no internet connection required.

Identified Bird

The matched bird appears almost instantly, allowing you to browse its songs, compare it to your recording, find out more about the species, and share it with friends.

  • Northern Cardinal 86%
  • European Starling 40%
  • Veery 35%
What is BirdGenie™?

BirdGenie™ is a new app that allows you to identify birds by the songs they sing. By simply pointing your phone at the bird and tapping the record button, BirdGenie™ analyzes the sound and quickly returns the name and information about the bird.

What birds will BirdGenie™ identify?

There are two versions of BirdGenie™ that each identify the 65 most common species of land birds in the Eastern and in the Western US. The birds included in each of these apps are listed here, or you can see them all with the Birds screen in BirdGenie™.

We chose these birds based on how regularly they occur, how frequently they sing, and how conspicuous their songs are. The 65 species we chose will probably account for 90% of the sounds typically heard in an area.  For example, in the East, Carolina Wren is included because it is common, vocal, and loud! Brown Creeper is not included because it is less common, vocalizes less frequently, and has a subtle, high call that many may find difficult to notice and record.

If you choose to share your recordings of species that BirdGenie™ doesn’t match, you can help us discover additional species that should be considered for future updates.

Will you add more birds to BirdGenie™?

Absolutely! Even as these apps are being released, we are working away at on additional species for the US. Our goal is to cover every vocalizing species in the country, both through updates to BirdGenie™ East/West and with future products.

What area does BirdGenie™ Cover?

BirdGenie™ is available for the East and the West in the US. We used the Great Plains/Rocky Mountains as the dividing line between these two areas.

What habitats will BirdGenie™ work in?

“There are two versions of BirdGenie™ that identify 85 vocalization types of the 65 most common species of land birds in the Eastern and in the Western US.” 

What is sharing?

If you choose to share your recordings of species that BirdGenie™ doesn’t match, you can help us discover additional species that should be considered for future updates.

Developers

Stephen Travis Pope

Stephen Travis Pope

Stephen Travis Pope is an award-winning composer, performer, and software engineer developing novel digital-audio processing applications. He is a software development contractor and intellectual property expert through FASTLabHe has worked on audio analysis programs and music search engines for over a decade. In 2007,  the Electronic-Music-Foundation released a triple-disc anthology of his music and videos called Ritual and Memory.  His most recent work is the award-winning feature-length music film Secrets, Dreams, Faith and Wonder.

Tom Stephenson

Tom Stephenson

Tom Stephenson’s articles and photos have appeared in Birding and Bird Watcher’s Digest, at Surfbirds.com, and in the Handbook of the Birds of the World. He has guided groups across the United States and Asia. A musician, he has had several Grammy and Academy Award winners as clients, and was director of technology at Roland Corporation. He is the coauthor, with Scott Whittle, of The Warbler Guide (Princeton University Press), a groundbreaking visual and sound identification guide.

Scott Whittle

Scott Whittle

Scott Whittle lives in Cape May, New Jersey, and has twenty years of experience as a professional photographer and educator. He holds an MFA in photography from the School of Visual Arts in New York, is a fellow of the MacDowell Colony, and is a one-time New York State Big Year record holder. He is also the coauthor, with Tom Stephenson, of The Warbler Guide (Princeton University Press).