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 identify the 65 most common species of bird in the Eastern and in the Western US. The birds included in each of these apps are listed here [LINK]. You can also simply look at the Catalog screen in BirdGenie™ to see all the species that are included. We chose these birds based on how regularly they occur, how frequently they sing, and how conspicuous their songs are. 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. Note that the 65 species we chose will probably account for 90% of the sounds typically heard in an area, so it is a very useful tool. 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.
Will you add more areas to BirdGenie™?
Once we have completely covered the US, we would love to expand BirdGenie™ to other countries and regions. Stay tuned!
What habitats will BirdGenie™ work in?
BirdGenie™ focuses on backyard and park birds, the birds you are most likely to hear in your yard or while going for a walk. It does not cover some of the rarer migratory birds such as many of the warblers, which you might find in more of a birding destination area. We expect to add those in a future versions and products.